393: Be Your Own Cheerleader With Suzy Nakamura

Suzy Nakamura is an actress.  She began her professional career doing small plays, including one show in Siberia.  It was a Be Your Own Cheerleader With Suzy Nakamurafolktale and she played a bird and she performed it in Siberia. Eventually she was hired to tour with the Touring Company of The Second City. She also opened the first two shows at The Second City Detroit. After moving to Los Angeles, she began guest starring on television, eventually landing recurring roles on The West Wing, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Modern Family. She currently stars with Ken Jeong in Dr. Ken on ABC.

Suzy shares a tragedy in her life that has helped her become her own cheerleader to build the confidence to live life on her terms instead of the expectation from others.  Check out her episode to listen to her story.


Suzy Nakamura is an actress.

Cultural Background

Suzy is of Japanese American descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

Who you are is enough.

Who you are is enough.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence is learning who you are, and learning to live life with your own voice.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Suzy used to doubt herself.

The “AHA” Moment

When Suzy’s parents died, she said “I have to be the cheerleader for myself now.”

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Suzy is letting go of what she thinks is certain.  She is  being more spontaneous and happy.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

It’s difficult to “see” yourself and be objective about yourself. Instead of collecting ideal goals of self/character to achieve, study the negative aspects of people you know and start a list of who you don’t want to be. It’s easier for me to avoid doing specific things, than to strive for ideals that are unfamiliar.

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