Conquering Fear – Vampire Style

I have an irrational fear of vampires. True Blood? Nope. Twilight? Forget it. Anne Rice? Tried it once – never again. Dracula? Not on your life.

For this 1994 reason, I tried.

For this 1994 reason, I tried.

I’m sure psychologists would conclude that I have some deep seeded fear that stems from when I saw Bela Lugosi on TV as a child. And that’s probably true. All I know is that for as long as I can remember, I have been terrified that a vampire was going to come into my window and bite my neck.

“They only come in if invited,” argue my well meaning friends. I don’t care. My shades are pulled down tight every night regardless.

Seriously, who wouldn't be terrified of this guy?

Seriously, who wouldn’t be terrified of this guy?

Then how is it that I find myself reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula with my husband? There’s no sane explanation except that I found myself with a copy of the book and I decided to conquer this fear once and for all.

How exquisitely simple. To be able to conquer a fear because a solution presents itself in your face. It makes me wonder if I can easily apply this practice to my acting career. As Dallas Travers always says “The problem is the solution.” I’m going to try it next time I think the world is ending because I have to submit that video audition before Wednesday night and I haven’t had a chance to look at the sides yet because I was busy working on the sides for my class and having a production meeting for a new project and preparing for an upcoming meeting and there’s just NO TIME to do everything.

As for getting over the vampire fear? Reading Dracula is helping. I think. I’ll let you know once I’m past Chapter 4.

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