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Josh Page Josh Page passionate publicist. insecurity overcomer. runway walker.

Josh Page is a publicist at Shore Fire Media where he cultivates success for his clients through his passion for the creative and appreciation of the unique. [www.shorefire.com]

My sister always told me, “Fake it until you make it.” Good advice, since I was a very nervous child. An anxiety was born inside of me like a third lung. As I navigated my adolescence, it only grew stronger. Too sensitive and thin-skinned, I was prone to crying in elementary school classrooms, hiding myself in corners to avoid the attention of my peers. I didn’t learn to swim until I was thirteen. Didn’t learn to ride a bike until my twenties. In my mind, trying something can lead to failing at something, which would sink my heart like a stone.

I was also a habitual daydreamer growing up. There would be bright lights in my future, big stages, countless friends and a picturesque life that would make any insecurities I had feel as irrelevantly small as grains of sand brushed off of a playground skinned knee. That’s why when I hit ten years old, and my school’s annual 5th grade musical came, I planned my audition down to a tee. I thought about all the movies I ever saw, all the musicals I ever heard. I channeled it all into a wall of confidence. But when I took the stage in front of my peers, the stage lights burned through that courage. My voice cracked. My hands shook the mic like a rattle. After 30 seconds frozen in front of my entire class, my eyes wrung themselves like sponges, and I sobbed my way off stage.

When you’re a child every misstep feels like the end of your life. But everyone falls and gets up to fall again another day. That moment of stage fright became just another growing point in my life amongst the failed high school exams, the crazed fights with ex-boyfriends, and the opportunities I missed because I let self-imposed anxiety pin me down.

With each stumble I’d reposition my sister’s motto to the front of my head like a guiding light helping a ship sail out of a foggy morning. I’m 27, and that scared little boy is still somewhere within, but I’ve learned how to stand straight and let insecurities roll off my back.

Feign confidence until you ARE confident. Pretend you’re amazing until you ARE amazing. Deliver every word you speak as if it’s law. Walk down the street like it’s a runway. Sure, you might trip on the sidewalk, but you’ll look great doing it.

– Josh Page

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