One of my Sunday morning routines is watching CBS Sunday Morning for my weekly dose of newsworthy topics about the performing arts, including ballet music and pop culture. I grab my coffee, my journal and tablet and head to the bedroom, open the blinds, fluff pillows, and call the pups to join me. Anyway, on a recent Sunday, as I procrastinated about blogging and opted to search the Crate and Barrel sale instead, I hear the start of Michelle Miller's interview with Robert Pattinson. Of course, I stop browsing Tondo bowls immediately to listen.
The interview was primarily about his new film "Good Time", but during the interview, Pattinson admitted that he felt a little ambivalent about his success as an actor, Miller said. On camera, Pattinson explained, "my main thing is, which I always had the fear of since I started acting Is that everyone's just going to see through it and see that you're just some kid from London basically, so you always think that people are just going to see through whatever character you make."
Wow! That sounded a lot like imposter syndrome to me. Have you ever felt like a phony? Like a fraud? Like you didn't know what the hell you were doing or how you got to a certain point in your career? You knew you got there legitimately but either you were damn lucky, or someone made a mistake. And as soon as they found out you didn't know what the hell you were doing you were done. D-O-N-E Done. Yeah, it sucks to feel like that. Been there, done that.
It's called imposter syndrome, and it's a thing except for those who don't believe it's s thing. I believe it's a thing because I experienced it as a young professional. And, I have talked with other professionals that have as well. And, there are others too. Emma Stone, Sheryl Sandberg, Natalie Portman, and Howard Schultz all suffer from that feeling of not being good enough - Fast Company.
You don't have time to be filled with dread and doubt by unnecessarily questioning your career qualifications and achievements. Often, understanding what imposter syndrome is, recognizing it's a REAL thing, and knowing it's not an unusual experience, helps one cope. With that in mind, I want to share two articles that I absolutely love!
Can you relate to the imposter experience? How do you deal with it? What have you learned along the way?