If you might consider yourself quiet or lacking in confidence, the studio is a place where you will either rely on other skills to swim or definitely sink. There are readily so many other voices surrounding you which will drown yours out if you are not strong enough in your convictions. This is an arena where the only person who needs to trust your words is, well, you. If you trust yourself, you will already have one ally. You will have that boost that others will be able to sense when you speak. It will be easier to gain others’ trust if you believe in what you are saying.
In my experience, the studio has been the best possible place for me to learn how to have confidence. Either that or to develop an outward-facing mask that will convince others of my confidence. “Fake it till you make it” is key in the studio, as everyone is concerned with whether you are willing and truly present. Most people will not have time to address the internal issues you face whenever you cross the threshold.
Everything that happens before and outside of the shooting process no longer matters once you make it to production and post-production. Nobody in the audience cares about the process, as long as the product is worth all of it. And the process involves, more times than not, people butting heads and disagreeing and fighting over which shots take precedence. The studio is a place unlike any other arena I have been in. The pace is fast, the movement is constant, and the expectations are incredibly high. But the fun I’ve had is unparalleled by anything I have ever experienced. We are creating, and we are working our asses off, and we are gaining experiences we will never forget.