Friday, March 8, 2013

Audrey Tautou:
The thing that is blocking me is a lack of self-confidence.

Photograph of Audrey Tautou from HERE.

Do you know the website The Talks? It features outstanding and very personal interviews with some of the most creative brains of our time. If you haven't seen it, do take a look. {Don't do it if you only have a few minutes to spare because it will suck you right in.}

The reason I am bringing it up today is the most recent interview – with French actress Audrey Tautou – which surprised me with its honesty. Tautou talks about her personal interests, outside of work – I travel, I write, I take photos, I read, I draw – which, at this point, she says she is keeping private because she lacks self-confidence:

Do you also lack self-confidence as an actress?
Yes. I look for that self-confidence in the director I work with. The director will give me that dose of confidence that the rest of the time I am lacking to make me feel totally secure.

Don’t you think you are being a bit too hard on yourself?

It doesn’t mean that I think I suck! I am able to make a negative or a positive judgment about the roles and scenes I am in. Some of the work I’ve done is good work and when I watch myself I can see that there is not a moment when I leave the character. Often, in quite a few of my films, I will watch my work and see that in this scene or that scene I wasn’t quite on track. But I don’t beat myself up saying I am good-for-nothing and wondering why I was chosen.

I love this interview for so many reasons! No. 1: I am increasingly interested in stories about people's hobbies and side-projects. I find it extremely empowering to know that in a world that puts so much emphasis on professional success people are still venturing out and finding fulfillment outside of their workplace (even if that workplace is as creative as the movie-set). No. 2: I love that an internationally recognized artist is honest and open about the fear and self-doubt involved in the creative process but also, No. 3: How one can still figure out to live with said lack of self-confidence and not let it stifle them completely. It doesn’t mean that I think I suck! is perfect.


  1. love audrey and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
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    1. Thank you so much for your note, Francesca! I look forward to exploring your beautiful blog!

  2. I am always encouraged when our people of note fess up to being just like us. Case in point, rapper of "Thrift Shop" fame Macklemore on the Nerdist podcast. I was almost embarrassed by my decision to listen and was subsequently chastened by his at times moving confessional on the struggles of being an artist, writer's block, and the everpresent fear that hovers over any creative enterprise. He's no Amelie :) but it was pretty inspiring.

    1. Right?! I love stories like that too. When we look at any work online, it's so easy to ignore the anguish and torment that has gone into it. One thing that I have started to notice recently is that when I admire other people's work, I let TIME to collapse, and assume that they simply DID it. As I watch myself struggle and meander through what seems like a fairly chaotic search for creative fulfillment... I just keep telling myself to be patient and not to compare my PATH to somebody's OUTPUT.

      P.S. How could I have not heard of the Nerdist?! I just subscribed!