I have never had a "look". I spent a brief period of time wearing 50s-inspired garb, but I soon realized I wasn't carrying it off in an adorable Zooey Deschanel way. It was more--red lipstick on the teeth sort of venture.
I was okay with it for the most part. No one really cared. I live in the Midwest where anything other than jeans and a t-shirt is considered dressy.
Truthfully, I thought my lack of style was an asset in my acting career. I can step in and be anything that the director and crew wanted me to be. I brought my interpretation to the voice, mannerisms and motivations of the character, but the actually look didn't matter to me a single bit.
Still, running a business and showing up for auditions, I wanted there to be something that was me. That felt like me.
It took some terrifying soul-searching, but I realized I never delved into my look because I was thoroughly and completely convinced that no one would like what I felt most comfortable in. At the heart of it all, I was sure no one would like me.
Here's something great, I found it. I found my style.
It feels ridiculous to be so excited and maybe no one else cares, but it feels pretty great. I feel better than I ever have, my closet actually looks like only one person keep their clothes there.
And I realized something else--
It takes courage to perform. There's honesty and vulnerability that needs to pour out when acting. Now I just have to carry that honesty, that vulnerability over into my off-stage life.
Be brave. Be yourself, and break legs!