Many actors find it difficult to talk about their careers. There is often this sense of pressure that if you’re not famous or not working on something famous then you don’t count. A lot of actors too, feel within themselves that their careers should be further along than they are, that they should have accomplished more than they have. Also, there can be a sense of disappointment, that their career has so far not lived up to expectations, that it is not what they hoped it would be. Much of this of course, is due to the fact that actors can live in a bubble of their own making – they sometimes don’t appreciate their accomplishments in the way that the outside world does, actors can focus too much on what they haven’t been able to accomplish. There is a tendency as well, to measure themselves against their heroes, an unfair comparison because often those heroes built enormous careers in a different era, when the challenges were different, but again, it can lead to actors feeling uncertain about their own careers.
Sometimes however, actors find it difficult to talk about their careers because they really have taken the wrong road. They go the way they think they should go, or the way everyone else is going, but not the right one for themselves, and so find themselves in the wrong place, even though they may not realise it, and this robs them of their voice.
There are many roads an actor can go down of course, but he must choose the one he is truly passionate about, then he will have no problem in talking about his work with confidence and pride.