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  • Confidence. You either got it or you don't, right?

  • WRONG.

  • You can achieve confidence through some very simple, but weird feeling methods,

  • in which you consciously hold your mind and your body in a different way.

  • First of all, you gotta trick yourself.

  • "Fake it until you make it."

  • There's a reason why everybody says this,

  • and it's because eventually, you'll start believing in your own lie.

  • Now, the second part,

  • and the most awkward feeling is changing your body language.

  • No hands in pockets.

  • No wandering crazy eyes.

  • No fidgeting.

  • Stand up straight.

  • Pull your shoulders back.

  • Eyes ahead.

  • We have a tendency to go inward.

  • What you need to do is very consciously go outward.

  • I highly recommend reading "What Every Body is Saying."

  • It's a book by a former FBI agent about body language.

  • And he teaches you "power poses"

  • that they typically teach to authority figures to demonstrate dominance,

  • and, you guessed it, confidence!

  • Eye contact. It's incredibly uncomfortable,

  • but it can be a lot of fun.

  • Challenge yourself!

  • Every time you and a stranger make eye contact,

  • force yourself not to be the one who looks away first.

  • I've gotten into a LOT of fun staring contests,

  • trying to challenge myself to do this.

  • Also, smile!

  • Say hi to strangers.

  • Talk to people in line.

  • It's so simple.

  • But the more you do this, the more you realize you have nothing to be afraid of!

  • So as long as these strangers aren't offering you candy that you're inclined to accept,

  • keep talking to them.

  • Most importantly, get out of your own head.

  • Just get outta there! I do this by focusing on the other person.

  • So when I'm in a conversation with someone and I feel self-conscious,

  • I put ALL of my focus on them.

  • What are they trying to say to me?

  • What are they trying to actually communicate?

  • And if you can put 100% of your attention on the person in front of you,

  • then there's none left to think about yourself.

  • Finally, when you talk, (slowed) Slow. Down.

  • Not that slow. But when we get excited, when we're performing,

  • or when we're nervous, our voices tend to go higher and faster,

  • which is interpreted as nerves.

  • You know, when you see confident people,

  • they walk and they talk and they act like they have all the time in the world.

  • And there's power in taking your time.

  • There's no big secret to achieving confidence.

  • There are actual steps that you can take to get there.

  • It's like any other skill.

  • You practice, you work at it, and eventually,

  • you've got the hang of it!

  • And no one knows what you're thinking.

  • If you just walk and talk and act like you're comfortable in your own skin,

  • the rest of us will believe it.

  • And you'll be a better person for it. So good luck!

  • Afflicted, Inc., my second short film, should be out next week! Aah!

  • I know I put a behind the scenes video out for Emergency Call,

  • which is our third short film,

  • and everyone was like "Where's Afflicted?"

  • And it's been in post-production,

  • but it is finally almost done, it should be here next week,

  • I really hope you like it.

  • I'm super proud of everything I'm doing so far,

  • and I feel like I'm getting better and I feel like I'm learning,

  • and if I keep doing this for just 10 years you know, I'll just be amazing!

  • So, I'm having the time of my life. Honestly.

  • And I could just..jizz. Everywhere. Like, "Thank you. Oscar. Oscar. Yes."

  • But speaking of how I can even afford to do any of these creative dreams of mine,

  • thank you so much to Audible for sponsoring today's episode.

  • You can go to audible.com/anna for a free audiobook of your choice.

  • They have over 150,000 titles to choose from,

  • 12 of which are karma sutra books.

  • They have 12. Audio. Karma sutra books!

  • So how can you not go?

  • One thing I'm listening to right now is The Tommyknockers by Stephen King,

  • which I LOVE because I'm just fascinated with aliens, like, fascinated with aliens.

  • But yeah, you can get that, or another free audiobook of your choice

  • at audible.com/anna. That's audible.com/anna.

  • Thank you so much for listening, guys.

  • And watching, and supporting me,

  • I appreciate it, like, so much. Have a good week.

  • Stay awesome, Gotham! CONFIDENCE!

  • Hi, I'm Anna Akana, I have a YouTube channel, currently.

  • I initially started getting into YouTube because I wanted more opportunities to act.

  • As an actor, you wait around a lot for auditions, for your agent to call,

  • and I wanted to do something more, and get better at storytelling.

  • So that's how I ended up on the internet.

  • So Afflicted, Inc. is the second short of the year,

  • it's about a company whose employees are actually personified afflictions.

  • So they visually look like monsters.

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