Ep. 204: Sam Christensen on Going Deeper with Identity, Charisma, & Personal Branding

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For over two decades Sam Christensen has worked with thousands of artists & professionals in becoming the most confident, powerful, and authentic people they can be.

Using his signature process, Sam takes the idea of "just be yourself," deconstructs it, and shows us how to create the fullness of our authenticity based on a deeper understanding of the relationship between how other people see us and how we see ourselves. 

In this value-packed episode, we dive into the five layers of identity maximization, why language around identity is so important, why great artists must make the charismatic choice, and how our unique identity is in fact an intimate, spiritual experience that artists, creatives, and storytellers must learn to access if we are to maximize our work, our impact, and our personal brand. 

Sam's Top Five Quotes from this Episode:

"You come with the greatest asset you will ever have. No contact, no networking, no agent or manager, no break is as valuable as the fact that nature gave you an individuality."

"Fear is more powerful than confidence. A little fear outweighs a whole lot of confidence."

"Charisma is not necessary. Some people choose it. We are announcing to people exactly what experience they are having about us.  Charisma is an aggressive authenticity where who you are becomes something you feel you must underline because you sense that other people are elevated by it." 

"We start by allowing people to have what is easiest for them to see or accept and then we allow them and ourselves to discover all those other parts that may not be as approved."

"Identity is nature's gift. It feels like we're selling skills but what directors are really hiring is the difference between you and the other good actors."