How A Song Can Empower An Actor’s Confidence

Nothing empowers me more as a creative than when I have a powerful song to drive me forward. Songs have the ability to keep us running just a bit longer during hard workouts. They have the power to make us feel happy, or sad. And they have the power to build our confidence.

This clip from the rehearsal of The Greatest Showman is a beautiful and powerful example of this in action. Actress Keala Settle was asked by director Michael Gracey to leave the music stand at one point during the song, but Keala didn’t want to do it. In fact, in all the previous rehearsals she hadn’t left the stand.

Then came the performance rehearsal and Keala does it! You can see how she’s letting the melody, the lyrics, and the moment build her confidence to step out from behind the stand.

What moves me even more is to watch how it not only builds her confidence in the moment but how it makes everyone else in the room come alive too. It’s phenomenal. Watch how the song empowers not only Keala, but the guy playing the piano, the back-up singers and even Hugh Jackman, who, like me when I watched it, starts crying.

Let it empower your confidence as actors, independent filmmakers, and creatives to get out there and live your dreams.


  • Charis Joy Jackson

    Producer, Director, Writer, Actress

    Charis Joy Jackson is a writer, director, producer and teacher working with The Initiative Production Company. During the day she makes movies and in her spare time is writing a novel. She's a self-proclaimed nerd who wishes she could live in Hobbiton. You can follow her on Instagram @charisjoyjackson


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