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Updated: Apr 9

I've had plenty of time & above all experience in the performing arts to meet my own & others Egos in action. Learning from Ego is often a bittersweet experience. Bitter, if you don't like what you see in yourself, and sweet if you are willing to learn & grow from it.


During my 30-year career as a professional performer and presenter, I've heard many negative references to the Ego and very few positive. There are many faces and traits to our Ego’s. If we are to consider, what we call "Ego" to be an essential energy field that we each omit in order to survive, then our Ego also becomes the reflection of our character, or lack of character!


In moments of insecurity, or false self-importance, we omit a tangible energy-field that we are instantly affected by. In such moments, our performance or self-image is most likely to be undermined and flawed with too much attention being placed on our own fears, self-doubts and insecurities. When we are focused on ourselves in such ways, we become our own worst enemy. Our energy weakens... at times, painfully, in order to try to cover up, or to compensate.


People & audiences rarely ever respond well to such a person, or performer.

So clearly, there are pitfalls to overcome in our own Ego, as we learn to be a master performer with a healthy Ego. Yes, healthy Ego! We emanate a healthy ego when we have developed core strength of self-trust, in which we trust ourselves firstly as an individual, then as a performer.



In my experience, the world of performing arts presents us with perfect opportunities for learning how to transform an unhealthy ego, into a healthy ego.

An individual with a healthy Ego is a master of themselves and of their art. They trust themselves to rise above the temptations of any ego-based insecurities and to transform fear and self-doubt into the piece de resistance of a performance. To an insecure and self-catered individual this requires dedication, commitment and experience in order to perfect. When we have grown to trust ourselves there is no ego calling for attention or adoration out of insecurity needs, therefore we are free to love the art of the performance and to emanate the light, joy and love of our performance to our audience.


Self-doubt and insecurity always drain the performer and the performance, self-trust and self-confidence always empower and enhance the performer and the performance. To love what we do, to be authentic about it and to share it with others is our greatest gift and honour. When we let our life shine, we empower other to do likewise.


John Christian


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The time is now, to break boundaries of fear, so you can live the life you have always imagined.

One of our greatest fears is of speaking in public. For some this fear can be so debilitating that even speaking to friends can be an issue as was the case in my life as a young man. In those times, I never in a million years would have imagined that I would go on to become a professional, singer, comedian, actor and public speaker.


Even now if I am faced with a new task or performance role, the temptation of self-doubt and insecurity tries to rise again and steal away the beauty of the moment. Fortunately, my life’s experience has taught me how to manage and cope effectively with such moments. These abilities are what I now consider real life skills that can be learned.


Although life presents us with opportunities to overcome our fears and lack of self-trust and self-belief, unfortunately we all too often stop at the door of fear and never find out what is waiting on the other side. Which is more often than not the great relief of having at least starting to overcome the illusion of fears the formerly held us back.


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