Edgard Gouveia Jùnior is the cofounder of Instituto Elos and other ventures. He advocates the use of playing games to motivate and activate people (and children!) around the world to engage in social change and improvement of habitats.
Some two months ago, I met Marion van der Vegt. It struck me how she talked about the enormous amount of talent there is in the 'Slachthuis' neighbourhood. Marion's mission is to create confidence in youngsters through art, culture and music.
Dear Jenna, I think I can relate to your cousin. Having talent is not the same as actually being able to feel good about yourself. And the worse thing is that nobody understands....I've been lacking confidence myself for years and only recently have come to feel more confident. I realize we are all different creatures in need of very different approaches, but maybe you can find some help in my story (my first mission here: Backpacking into the soul). Hope it helps!
How wonderful that you found this way towards creative confidence! I had a similar experience and I think that you can apply this attitude to anything, even something that is not necessarily creative in the 'traditional' sense. Just doing something completely different, you can find confidence because, like you say, you don't feel that self conscious.