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  • Can You Fake Your Way to Success?

    If you’re an artist at the beginning of your career, chances are you’ve heard the expression, “fake it ‘til you make it” more than once. For some, this notion seems to carry a great amount of truth while others dismiss it completely. But what does it mean to fake it until you make it? And is it just a saying or can it work in the artist’s favor?
    I can still remember my first acting auditions back in Portugal at the age of 9. At times, I felt so much pressure that in order to avoid succumbing to nervous energy, I’d convince myself I was unquestionably booking that job. I would focus on acting as relaxed and confident as possible at that moment as if I had years of experience. Interestingly, no one suggested this method would work, nor did I think about what I was actively doing. I just felt it was the right way to handle high-pressure situations and for the most part, it worked.
    Was I in some way faking my expertise? If so, how far can we embrace this concept? Unfortunately, there’s no black-and-white answer—it really varies depending on the individual artist’s approach. What I will say, however, is that building confidence by projecting (or pretending) that

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