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Sandblast Through Your Self-Doubt With 'Groundhog Day' Star Barrett Doss


Joan Marcus

Andy Karl and Barrett Doss

Take Barrett Doss who stars alongside Andy Karl in the hit Broadway musical Groundhog Day, based on the 1993 film. Doss plays Rita Hanson, the whip-smart optimistic local Pittsburgh TV news associate producer. Hanson is the ideal foil to her arrogant, jaded, grouch of a weatherman, Phil Connors (Karl), as he is stuck in a time loop in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. “Groundhog Day is about looking outwards in order to look inward,” says Doss. “When you learn something new about others, it allows you to learn something new about yourself.” The role is a break-out part for Doss who last appeared on Broadway as the understudy to Rose Byrne and Annaleigh Ashford in the irresistible comedy, You Can’t Take It With You with James Earl Jones.

Big juicy part. Hit Broadway show. A dream team cast and creatives like composer Tim Minchin, book writer Danny Rubin and director Matthew Warchus. “People think I must feel that I finally made it.” says Doss, who dreamed of performing on Broadway since she was a kid in Minnesota listening to endless cast albums.

But think again. Her hurdles and self-doubt remains. “For example, when you’re reviewed, you’re re-exposed to the feeling of failure, even though you’re supposedly at the top of your game,” Doss explains. “It’s a constant struggle.”

To help though the tough moments, Doss is a firm believer in unpacking and processing situations that are particularly hard. To that end she offers her best tips on how to trust and believe yourself, especially during times of uncertainly.

Joan Marcus

Barrett Doss and the cast of Groundhog Day

When I feel self-doubt, if I can, I try to work with it. I try to acknowledge those feelings so I can release them and they’re not stuck in my head. That’s when I really think about trusting my skill set.

Push yourself in the direction of thinking about the things you like about yourself. Be aware of what you are good at doing. I think, what do I like about my sense of humor? What makes me laugh about myself? That way you can be more open to criticism because there is something you already trust.

The other day I was having a week where I felt I was not totally in sync with myself on stage. The words coming out of my mouth didn’t totally feel like Rita. I was missing a couple of laughs that usually come and I couldn’t figure out was that was. I began to feel very discouraged. All of those horrible feelings of self doubt rushed into my head. It helped that I was reminded of when I got the job and said, ‘I think I got this job because I have good timing.’

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Anton Chekhov, the great Russian playwright, wisely wrote, “You must trust and believe in people, or life becomes impossible.” But can’t the same be said about believing in yourself? The more you do, the rewards are endlessly fruitful.

Joan Marcus

Andy Karl and Barrett Doss

Take Barrett Doss who stars alongside Andy Karl in the hit Broadway musical Groundhog Day, based on the 1993 film. Doss plays Rita Hanson, the whip-smart optimistic local Pittsburgh TV news associate producer. Hanson is the ideal foil to her arrogant, jaded, grouch of a weatherman, Phil Connors (Karl), as he is stuck in a time loop in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. “Groundhog Day is about looking outwards in order to look inward,” says Doss. “When you learn something new about others, it allows you to learn something new about yourself.” The role is a break-out part for Doss who last appeared on Broadway as the understudy to Rose Byrne and Annaleigh Ashford in the irresistible comedy, You Can’t Take It With You with James Earl Jones.

Big juicy part. Hit Broadway show. A dream team cast and creatives like composer Tim Minchin, book writer Danny Rubin and director Matthew Warchus. “People think I must feel that I finally made it.” says Doss, who dreamed of performing on Broadway since she was a kid in Minnesota listening to endless cast albums.

But think again. Her hurdles and self-doubt remains. “For example, when you’re reviewed, you’re re-exposed to the feeling of failure, even though you’re supposedly at the top of your game,” Doss explains. “It’s a constant struggle.”

To help though the tough moments, Doss is a firm believer in unpacking and processing situations that are particularly hard. To that end she offers her best tips on how to trust and believe yourself, especially during times of uncertainly.

Joan Marcus

Barrett Doss and the cast of Groundhog Day

When I feel self-doubt, if I can, I try to work with it. I try to acknowledge those feelings so I can release them and they’re not stuck in my head. That’s when I really think about trusting my skill set.

Push yourself in the direction of thinking about the things you like about yourself. Be aware of what you are good at doing. I think, what do I like about my sense of humor? What makes me laugh about myself? That way you can be more open to criticism because there is something you already trust.

The other day I was having a week where I felt I was not totally in sync with myself on stage. The words coming out of my mouth didn’t totally feel like Rita. I was missing a couple of laughs that usually come and I couldn’t figure out was that was. I began to feel very discouraged. All of those horrible feelings of self doubt rushed into my head. It helped that I was reminded of when I got the job and said, ‘I think I got this job because I have good timing.’

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