But, there are powerful societal forces that can cause you to lose your individuality...to "conform". The trick is to strike a balance between the two.
Trust In YourselfWho hasn't ever doubted themselves...thought what they had to contribute was unimportant, dumb, or just plain wrong? That's right...no one. Everyone has felt that emotion - from the most powerful corporate CEO to the artist staring at a blank canvas, paintbrush in hand. But, if we let that keep us from speaking, from trying things we haven't "mastered", life wouldn't go much of anywhere. Progress involves experimentation, failure, and ultimately...success! The more you're willing to challenge yourself, the more chances you have of feeling the exhilaration of achieving what everyone says is impossible.
Give It From The HeartWe only have a short time on planet Earth, and most everyone wants to leave some sort of mark before that time is up. What better way to do that than to be yourself? People remember personalities like George Carlin, Kurt Cobain, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain, just in case) and Jack Nicholson because of their personal styles. Brash, charming, even OFFENSIVE - if it's you, then put it on display for the whole world to see. Sure, it's going to turn some audiences off, but there are, as they say, plenty more fish in the sea...and it's a HUGE sea!
Personally, both on stage AND off, I am affable yet cheeky (but overall, a clean comedian). It works for me, and has for the last twenty years. The point is, whatever you are comfortable with - that's the way to go.
Put The Best "You" ForwardWhatever it is that drives you, be sure it is a true passion...something you can't imagine NOT loving. Following that one simple rule will ensure that you are putting your heart and soul into your work, and as a matter of course, leaving your own inimitable stamp upon it.
Be sure to live it up...in a way only YOU can!