Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsey Bean.
Hi Lindsey, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve always wanted to be a performer as long as I can remember. When I was little, I wanted to be a rock star and would run around with a pretend microphone and Barbie guitar. When I was 18, I decided to take charge and start researching how to start an acting career. I found tons of information on YouTube about headshots, casting websites, how to find an agent, etc. Within a few weeks, I was submitting to castings and got a few auditions. Throughout the years, I’ve worked on many short films. I love to learn and am always open to expanding my abilities and skillset. For the last three years, I have been doing vocal training 4-6 days a week. I want to be able to get better every day. I’m hopeful that after the pandemic, I can start acting in theater as well.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Some of the struggles I have faced when it comes to my career come down to my own devices. Often I’ll turn down roles because of my own insecurities or self-doubt. I’m working on not limiting myself that way. I’ve also encountered some agencies that weren’t necessarily a good fit. Part of working in the industry means a lot of trial and error.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I don’t think I necessarily specialize in anything but there are several things I am passionate about and enjoy doing. I am very passionate about acting and singing. Acting comes naturally to me (although I have been in theater programs since elementary school) whereas singing has been a bit more of a journey. One of the things I am most proud of when it comes to my singing is the fact that I have to push myself. I have to get up every day and do several hours of vocal exercises and scales. It’s rather boring and some days I sound worse than others. It’s a long process to go from no singing experience to learning all the techniques, but it’s well worth the time.
Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned along my journey is that self-doubt can be your biggest enemy. Overcoming self-doubt can be a very long and continual process. I’ve been working on it for years and it still can cripple me from being the best I can be. Sometimes I will turn down an audition or role or won’t post any singing videos for months on end because I think I’m not good enough. I’ve learned that that isn’t my choice to make. I need to go out there and do my best and let the casting director decide if I’m fit for the role. Once I do my best, the opinions of others is out of my hands.
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