What do Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Angelina  Jolie, and Leonardo DiCaprio have in common? They’re flawlessly gorgeous superstars, of course…and they’ve struggled with acne. Certainly, having access to make-up artists who can conceal any blemish, and being able to regularly see a dermatologist helps manage the situation. But, such stars still feel the intense social and career pressure that emphasizes one’s appearance, just like anyone else.

Acne humor is prevelant in our culture, but those who struggle with the condition know it’s no laughing matter. Some of the potential psychiatric and psychological complications of acne are depression, social anxieties, impaired self-image and self-esteem, and reduced quality of life. Acne triggers include heredity, changes in hormones, and–despite ongoing urban mythology–diet does not appear to play a prominent role in its cause. But, one of the biggest acne triggers is stress, which can strike anyone at any time, disrupting the hormone balance, closing down pores, and allowing bacteria to collect. This means acne will most likely strike at the worst times.

As an actor, this could mean feeling less confident going into your national commercial callback audition–or even skipping an audition altogether. So what do you do if you don’t have time or can’t afford the dermatologist appointments you wish you had?

This week, a very brave and beautiful teenage model named Cassandra Bankson appeared on Good Morning America sharing make-up tips she acquired after hours of research and practice. Bankson has learned to expertly hide her own extensive blemishes covering her face and neck, and demonstrates her method in a before-and-after YouTube video that’s had more than 4 million views. She’s a true inspiration and role model in garnering confidence, poise, and strength in the face of adversity.

Here’s to never allowing a blemish to shake your confidence in an audition or in your acting career!


 

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