482: Rebuild Your Confidence With Brooke Ishibashi

Brooke Ishibashi is an actress and singer.  Her theatre credits include the award-winning, critically acclaimed productions of TheRebuild Your Confidence With Brooke Ishibashi Foundry’s “Good Person of Szechwan” at The Public & La MaMa and New Georges’ “A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes” at NY City Center with Women’s Project.  She is writing a musical solo show inspired by the life & music of Pat Suzuki. Her sketch character “AKIKO!” has been featured on American Idol and in NYC comedy clubs. Brooke holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She is developing a pilot presentation for “The Sisters Ishibashi” with her sisters Brittany & Brianna. Brooke resides in Los Angeles with her adopted cat Kika.

Brooke shares how the most challenging times in her life helped her learn to rebuild her confidence to be the person that she is today.  She also shares tips that you can use in your own journey to self confidence.


Brooke Ishibashi is an actress and singer.

Cultural Background

Brooke is of Japanese descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.  There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence is belief in your own worth.  It’s defining who you are.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Brooke is the youngest of 3 girls.  Her family is artistic and she grew up in entertainment.  She was conditioned to be a certain way, have a certain mentality, and had a naive sense of confidence.

When she hit 1st major roadblock, it was the first time of self doubt.  Her self confidence went down and she didn’t know her worth/value.  She became doubtful, insecure, and fearful.

The “AHA” Moment

Brooke had a hero’s journey.  So many factors compounded.  A relationship tested what she wanted or who she was.  When turning 30, she moved back to Los Angeles to start over.  She was in a challenging place but she started to rebuild her confidence and foundation.  She reinvented herself and it was like the phoenix rising when it came to her self confidence.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Brooke is taking baby steps, like a baby learning to walk.  She is humbling, enjoying the journey, slowing down and being patient with herself.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Be loving to yourself.

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