Why do I feel like I’m bluffing?

Convener(s): Jenny/Saira/Ro

Participants: Unknown 

Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations: 

  • Is everyone bluffing?
  • Need/want of clarification/feedback – am I working in the right way/what is the right way/is there a right way?
  • Part of working in the arts is about forging new pathways, looking at things from a new perspective, if there is no precedent how can you tell if you’re doing it right? Is there a wrong way?
  • Is it actually wrong to bluff? Part of our work is often to instill confidence in ourselves in others, gives them security and confidence in our abilities.
  • Everyone has insecurities, is to ‘bluff’ just not burdening others’ with them?
  • Pretensions/confidence/arrogance – is the feeling of ‘bluffing’ a way to psychologically avoid being/being perceived as pretentious?
  • If you can bluff effectively then you are doing the job well – if you are projecting the right image and not ‘making mistakes’ or ‘getting found out’, doesn’t that mean you’re doing it well?
  • Image projection/confidence/façade
  • Chutzpah
  • Arranged failure - not to be afraid of making mistakes
  • Acting – If you are able to fake the truth, then you’ve made it
  • Life/work – balance/dividing line – is there one in the arts?
  • Out of control/relationship to others/trust
  • Self assessment/management
  • Forming your own opinions and having confidence in them
  • Vulnerability
  • Self consciousness/doubt are part of the learning process
  • Reflection
  • The actor and the target – the answer is within - don’t need affirmations – danger of comparing
  • Mimicry – benefits of learning from others/watching/listening
  • What are the consequences of bluffing?
  • Play/Bluff
  • You can’t know everything