It’s no secret that music and the performing arts thrive on feelings. Some of the most prolific artists have been known to be extremely in touch with their emotions. I would argue that these artists, performers, musicians, etc, often have many of the same traits, if not identifying as highly sensitive people or HSP. Think about some of your favorite song lyrics or your favorite scenes from movies or any form of entertainment. Of course, it’s easy to think about the romantic, sappy, tear-jerker examples! But, even the best rock music and scary movie scenes–or so I’ve heard…you know I don’t watch scary movies–elicit strong emotions and tap into our senses in an all-encompassing way.
Are There More HSPs and Introverts in the Entertainment Industry?
That’s why, to me, it stands to reason that there is likely a higher percentage of HSPs in the entertainment industry. What do you think? Does that track? Perhaps you are in the entertainment industry yourself. What motivates you? What drives you? We have talked at length about living an unconventional life and radically accepting a sensitive introvert personality. Sometimes, this means rejecting a more traditional path. Whether that means choosing to stay single, choosing to not have children–aka: being childless by choice–(awesome aunties, unite!), or rejecting the traditional world of corporate America and becoming an entrepreneur. All of these go against more traditional expectations. So does pursuing a career in the entertainment industry! It takes a lot of courage and radically accepting who you truly are to follow a path like this.
Music producers, singer-songwriters, musicians, dancers, costume designers. We are not only brave but also often carrying a lot of emotional and sensory weight. Sensory overload can be a major problem for HSPs and sensitive introverts. As an HSP coach, I work with women all over the world who have various triggers when it comes to dealing with day-to-day life. We’ve discussed introvert travel tips, going to concerts as an HSP, visiting amusement parks, and even camping as a sensitive introvert, and ways to make those experiences more comfortable for sensitive, introverted women.
Coping Tips for HSP and Sensitive, Introverts in the Entertainment Industry
As a professional in the entertainment industry or an aspiring professional artist, I’m sure you already have coping strategies for dealing with this overwhelm, emotional overwhelm, and/or sensory overload. However, if this realization for fully embracing this career path, this HSP realization, and/or fully embracing this career path is newer to you, you may not have explored possible coping strategies as much. So, as a sensitive, introverted woman and introvert coach here are some tips for entertainment industry professionals hoping to make life more comfortable as a sensitive introvert.
Wear Sound Eliminating Headphones/Earbuds
Working in the music/entertainment industry is loud! I mean, I’m sure everyone knew that but that doesn’t mean you have to let all the noise overwhelm you! Sound-eliminating/canceling headphones don’t all come with total blissful ignorance. Some allow you to be safely aware of your surroundings while canceling out the other overwhelming noise going around you.
Write Your Feelings Down
You work in the music/entertainment industry. You’ve seen how feelings can turn into things of art. Just look at Rihanna, Adele, or Beyoncé. Also, doesn’t Drake have a few songs about being in his feelings? When you’re feeling overwhelmed with emotions or emotionally charged. Write down your feelings. Later you can make a song or poem about it. I mean, isn’t what T-Swift does?
Have a Place of Solitude
Your work is going to be a place of hustle and bustle. Full of noise, lights, sound, and, more than likely, action. You’re going to need to find a place where you can take a moment when you’re all peopled out on the job. These might be the moments where you think “Why in the world did an HSP like me choose a job like this?” But remember, this industry creates art. That takes being more in tune with your feelings, others’ feelings, and yourself. Which is something you’re great at. Maybe too great sometimes! But, having a place to decompress, even just to eat lunch, can be a lifesaver.
When You Get Home, Take Time to Process
With music and entertainment, comes people, feelings, noise, and overwhelming emotion. It can be a lot for someone who is sensitive to all of those things. When you get home, just take a minute to process everything from that day. Give your body, mind, and nervous system time to calm down from everything you went through that day. This way when you want to relax later after dinner or while watching the newest episode of your favorite show, you’re not feeling the aftershock of your day.
Share and Connect With Other Sensitive, Introverts Like You
What are some other strategies you’ve used? What are your go-to self-care and self-love tips? I would love for you to share with me in the comments! If you would like individual coaching to gain more clarity and insight into living your best life as an HSP, I would be honored to work with you. Simply visit my Radical Introvert coaching page to schedule a discovery call today. If you would prefer to get to know me a little bit better, I have a free audio training all about sensitive introversion and HSP, that I would love to give you as a gift.
Until next time,
About the Author
Enid DeJesus is a highly skilled and compassionate introvert coach, specializing in empowering and supporting highly sensitive, introverted individuals across all industries, including arts, music, and entertainment. As an HSP herself, Enid deeply understands the unique challenges faced by sensitive introverts in these creative fields, and she is dedicated to helping them thrive in their chosen paths.
With an introvert coaching program tailored specifically for women seeking to live life on their terms, Enid’s approach revolves around embracing and celebrating their sensitive nature rather than attempting to change it. By providing practical tips and effective strategies, Enid equips highly sensitive, introverted women with the tools they need to stay focused, productive, and fulfilled in their professional and personal lives.
Enid’s guidance offers a transformative journey, allowing sensitive introverts to harness their innate strengths and navigate any obstacles that may arise, regardless of how daunting life may seem. Her support empowers individuals to achieve their goals and create a life that aligns with their authentic HSP selves.
Whether you’re an artist seeking to unleash your creativity, a musician aiming to find your unique voice or an entertainer navigating the challenges of the spotlight, Enid is here to help you navigate the journey with confidence and grace. Take the first step towards a more fulfilling and empowered life by partnering with Enid, and discover the incredible potential that lies within your sensitive and introverted nature.