Steven Spielberg is the most successful director in Hollywood. With so many big hit movies, and a net worth reportedly in the billions, you would think he’d relax and take it easy, but he still admits he has anxiety while making movies.
*When his upcoming movie, Ready Player One, premiered at the South By Southwest film festival, the director confessed, “This is the greatest anxiety attack I’ve ever had.” But with many artists, they use anxiety to push them further and keep them on their toes.
*Spielberg’s mother, Leah Adler, said her son was “scared of just about everything. When trees brushed against the house, he would head to my bed.” And he admitted, “I still have pretty much the same fears I had growing up. I’ve carried them with me right through my life until now. And I’m not sure I want to give those up because I think a lot of those insecurities are fuel for the stories I tell.”
*Even though he has had many big successes, Spielberg told the New Zealand Herald, “Fear is what drives me. Every movie is scary for me and every day I shoot the movie is scary. And I need fear because it drives me to explore things. It keeps me looking for a new variation on constant themes.”
*And Spielberg also said in a recent documentary, “Every time I start a new scene, I’m nervous, and when that verges on panic, I get great ideas.” If Spielberg can channel his anxiety into such great ideas and success, perhaps you can too.
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