I have a social disorder (Social Phobie) that mades the contact with other people really difficult. I could hardly “small talk”, phone calls a living hell for me and even here, on social media, it’s often real hard for me to tell something.
Just because of my thinking all the time.
But when I’m talking about something, that I must talk about - like a presentation. So I had the words that I wanted to say etc - I’m a brilliant speaker (my classmates and teatchers often said).
So I think, it mades sense. But maybe with a bit of shyness in it - his inner voice would tell him the whole time things like “You’re not good enough”, “They will laugh about you”, “There are people even better than you”, “You’re not worth it”.
In my thinking, he would need a person or a event, that push him into the “Showlights”. You understood? Someone or something, that is stronger than these inner voice.