Post by shyguy2012 on Jun 12, 2012 20:15:59 GMT -5
Consider the following list of people:
Brad Pitt Harrison Ford Kevin Costner Richard Branson Johnny Depp Tom Cruise Tom Hanks Robert De Niro Jim Carrey David Letterman Al Pacino George Harrison (The quite Beatle) Richard Gere Elvis Presley Rivers Cuomo (Lead Singer of Weezer) Abraham Lincoln Albert Einstein Theodore Roosevelt Thomas Edison Thomas Jefferson Neil Armstrong Annie Oakley Eleanor Roosevelt Barbara Walters Carrie Underwood Cher Bono Courteney Cox Arquette Ella Fitzgerald Gloria Estefan Joan Rivers Julia Roberts Lady Gaga Mia Hamm Michelle Pfeiffer Nicole Kidman Rene Russo Sally Field Segourny Weaver Tina Fey Harriet Beecher Stowe Sir Isaac Newton
Besides being accomplished, what do all of these people have in common?
They are all shy! I know, can you believe it? I couldn't. If you don’t believe me, go on youtube and search for interviews of these actors. They really are shy. The next question that popped into my head was if they are shy, why did the actors on the list pursue acting? Acting seems like the worst profession to go into if you are shy. I think it’s because they decided to pursue acting and they didn’t let their shyness stop them. These people are real life examples of shy folks that used courage to go after what they wanted in life. Don’t let your shyness stop you!
Here's a video of Jim Carey admitting he's shy:
Does anybody else know of any shy celebrities I'm forgetting?
Last Edit: Jun 12, 2012 22:15:35 GMT -5 by shyguy2012
Is the person on the right what she used to look like?
Before all the makeup was applied.
I sometimes question these celebrities who call themselves shy, I mean Jim Carrey, he is incredibly charismatic, I could hardly appear in front of a camera myself, I don't see how a shy person could do it.
Post by shyguy2012 on Jun 13, 2012 15:16:56 GMT -5
I think he has really learned to manage his shyness by using comedy. I'm sure it took a ton of practice and courage for him to first get up on stage. After years and years of performing he now seems like a natural. I'm sure he still gets very nervous before performances and interviews, but his experience kicks in once he gets on stage. Also, see this article about Shy Comedians.
Post by shyguy2012 on Jun 13, 2012 18:30:48 GMT -5
That is a good question.
I think it depends on your definition of being no longer shy. If your definition is being able to exude confidence (acting confident) in a social situation than I would say he is no longer shy. But if your definition of no longer being shy is that he feels no anxiety, fear and shyness in all social situations, than I would say he is still shy. From my first post, in the youtube video of Jim Carrey, he said that he is shy and spent a week squirming about the upcoming event. That is something a shy person experiences and not a socially confident person. A socially confident person would be excited about the upcoming event. So in that sense he is still shy.
He may be able to exude confidence in socially situations, but we don't know how he is actually feeling on the inside. I bet that he is experiencing symptoms of shyness in social situations but is able to managed them. From my own experience as well as from the examples above, I believe that we can all manage our shyness if we work at it enough but we will never completely get rid of the feelings of shyness.