My personal experience stepping outside of my comfort zone was the time that I posed for Playboy.
My personal experience stepping outside of my comfort zone was the time that I posed for Playboy (2005). I knew I would have to bare it all at the time of the shoot and I was fine with it. Days passed and I really didn’t think about it until the big day came.
I was standing in the Playboy studio and was introduced to all the people that would be working that day to make this shoot happen. For some reason in my mind I thought it would be me and the photographer, when I realized that wasn’t the case, I freaked out and felt so uncomfortable. I couldn’t back out of the shoot, the contracts were done, there was no other choice for me at that moment then to face my fear of being uncomfortable, being totally exposed in front of all those people.
Needless to say, they had to get me a bottle of wine to ease my mind at the fact that 10 people were going to be present at my shoot, and I was going to be butt naked in front of them. After drinking my second glass I was like, ‘Ok, let’s shoot.’
Fast forward 10 years later, I went for an audition for a Warner Brothers film titled “Chips.” I told my agent that I noticed nudity was involved and I didn’t want to go out for it. He told me I should just go to the audition. On my way, I thought: ‘Watch me get the role,’ which I did.
Here I was again, contract signed, and this time more people were on set. This time it was going to be a moving picture. I remembered my experience from Playboy, took all the lessons learned from it and bared it all without the wine. Ten years older and wiser…
My advice for facing fears is let yourself feel it. And do it anyway, without the wine, of course.