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As someone who does not conform or really concern myself with following rules, I march to the beat of my own drummer. As a matter of fact, I'd even say I write the beat and play the drum myself.
If you've ever felt this way, you can imagine my excitement at finding there are others who share my individualistic, creative, and reserved nature. They call us ISFPs. And, in this post, I'll define the personality type ISFP and list some ISFP famous people we share the planet with.
What You Will Learn
- What's an ISFP?
- The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
- 45 Famous People & Celebrities with ISFP Personality Type
- 1. Michael Jackson
- 2. Lady Gaga
- 3. Prince
- 4. Bob Dylan
- 5. Britney Spears
- 6. Marilyn Monroe
- 7. Rihanna
- 8. Janelle Monae
- 9. Jimi Hendrix
- 10. Paul McCartney
- 11. Mick Jagger
- 12. Frank Ocean
- 13. Justin Timberlake
- 14. David Bowie
- 15. Eminem
- 16. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- 17. Pharrell Williams
- 18. Enya
- 19. Barbara Streisand
- 20. Ryan Gosling
- 21. Brad Pitt
- 22. Elizabeth Taylor
- 23. Nicole Kidman
- 24. Jessica Alba
- 25. John Travolta
- 26. Steven Spielberg
- 27. Pamela Anderson
- 28. Brooke Shields
- 29. Christopher Reeve
- 30. Mel Brooks
- 31. Audrey Hepburn
- 32. Drew Barrymore
- 33. Doris Day
- 34. Liv Tyler
- 35. Ashton Kutcher
- 36. Neil Simon
- 37. Fred Astaire
- 38. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
- 39. Ulysses S. Grant
- 40. Princess Diana
- 41. Prince Harry
- 42. Kobe Bryant
- 43. Paris Hilton
- 44. Pablo Picasso
- 45. Bob Ross
- Final Thoughts on ISFP Famous People
What's an ISFP?
ISFP is one of the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types. It's the artist personality. The letters stand for introverted, sensing, feeling, and perceiving.
ISFP's don't feel the need to be like others, and are very creative, free-spirited, and visual. They are independent, have a hands-on approach to learning and life… and can be very competitive.
ISFPs accept people for who they are. They are thoughtful, easy-going, friendly, loyal, and charismatic… making them great confidantes. Since they're also introverts, they tend to be quiet and reserved, have a small circle of a few close friends and need time alone to recharge after social events.
They're sensitive and kind. ISFPs are in touch with their feelings and have an appreciation for nature. They enjoy working with animals and being outside. Of course, they prefer jobs where they have autonomy or freedom, and can work independently.
Because of their focus on the present, they're drawn to careers where they can address real-world issues. They want work that involves doing something they believe in.
Some of the most popular careers for this personality type are:
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
You're probably familiar with the Myers-Briggs Indicator. Chances are you’ve completed this questionnaire for school or a potential job, but if not… never fear! It’s not too late. The test is a series of questions that help you identify your personality type. It highlights your strengths and preferences.
The Myers-Briggs uses four different scales:
It's not really a versus thing, though. It's more like a range or spectrum. People tend to follow personality patterns that are more closely related to one of the two in the pair, than the other. The 16 different personality types are derived from combining these basic tendencies in different combinations.
The point of the test is not to suggest one personality type is better than another. It's to help you really understand who you are, how you process information, and how you interact with the world.
Are you an INFJ, ISFP, or one of the other personality types? Curious to see what makes you tick, or why you tick like you do? Then take the test! You might gain some insight into why you do the things you do.
If you're an ISFP like me, you'll be proud to join the ranks of the talented and successful celebrities and prominent people who share this typology.
If you're not an ISFP, but want to feel the freedom of always being your authentic self no matter what, look to an ISFP as a role model. Engage with those people who personally impact your life, or simply tell yourself you’re in some pretty good company with this list of ISFP famous people.
45 Famous People & Celebrities with ISFP Personality Type
Singers and Musicians
1. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's singing, dancing, and song writing earned him the title of King of Pop. He was also an actor. He captured the ISFP's introverted and creative nature by defining himself as shy, but saying when he got on stage, “I take control of myself.” He described being onstage as magic.
2. Lady Gaga
You need not look any further than her fashion and music to see this singer and songwriter's creativity. She boldly lives her individualism. She captures her ISFP character in this statement: “I try to not focus on what people expect from me.”
Prince was definitely the epitome and amalgamation of originality. You can see his unique and creative personality in his music, dancing, and even in movies that he wrote, directed, and starred in.
His distinct fashion style was an example of his refusal to conform to norms, and remain true to his own preferences. Prince's talents included singing, song-writing, and playing multiple instruments.
4. Bob Dylan
Bob manifests the F in ISFP when he makes this assessment: “You can't be wise and in love at the same time.” He seems to be saying either you think (T), or you feel (F). According to Myers-Briggs, Dylan is right.
People tend to lean more to T, where they make decisions based on logic and facts, or towards F, where emotions drive decision-making. If you believe you can be wise and in love, you may be more T than F.
5. Britney Spears
We're all probably familiar with the singer and entertainer's free-spiritedness and refusal to play by the rules. We see her carefree nature in her Instagram posts.
6. Marilyn Monroe
The actress, singer, and model was free-spirited. Although she may have been assumed to be an extrovert, she confessed her true introverted nature when she said, “I restore myself when I’m alone.”
Rihanna has won 7 Grammy Awards. She not only sings, she's a fashion designer, actress, and successful entrepreneur.
She is described as passionate, which we can see in the success she has acquired in the entertainment industry and business world. Her individualism can be seen in her fashion and music.
8. Janelle Monae
If you've seen this R&B songwriter and singer, then you're already familiar with her unique style. She shows how comfortable she is at being in her own skin, as she refuses to conform to gender fashion expectations. Her tuxedo wardrobe is definitely a part of her signature.
This quote by Janelle says it all, “I [am] not even going to talk with anyone in the music industry if they [are] not supportive. … Taking away my creative freedom is like chopping out my soul.”
9. Jimi Hendrix
The free-spirited singer, musician, and guitarist showed his strong connection with and appreciation of nature when he said, “People … have to rely on music to get peace of mind, satisfaction, or direction. … You … have to [rely on] an earthier substance, like music or the arts.”
Jimi Hendrix lived a life where conforming was not an option.
10. Paul McCartney
Paul was a singer and composer in the Beatles, one of the most popular bands in history. He confesses his sensual and emotional side when he explains how his songs are born, stating that how he writes depends on his mood.
11. Mick Jagger
Mick is the lead vocalist in the band Rolling Stones. He also writes songs, acts, and produces films.
He captures the way many introverts probably feel about being the leader of others in this statement, “In the beginning Brian ran the band. He really wanted to be called the leader of the band. I didn't particularly want to be the leader. There wasn't a leader.”
12. Frank Ocean
Two-Grammy Award winner Frank Ocean is rocking the world as a songwriter and rapper. He is described as introspective.
Frank shows the ISFP tendency to focus on the here-and-now, and not the future, when he shared this about his music: “My aim is to make something that represents where I am at that time.”
13. Justin Timberlake
Talk about staying true to who you are. Justin captures the essence of this ISFP tendency when he says, “My biggest challenge was to make sure that the songs I did were who I am.”
As an actor as well as a singer and songwriter, Justin expresses the innate nature of an ISFP: to always be his or her true self.
14. David Bowie
Ahhhh. The mind of the artist. It is creative and sometimes can only be expressed through the arts.
David said he is not able to explain his feelings well with mere words. “[My music has] always been my way of expressing what for me is inexpressible by any other means.”
Eminem shows the versatility of his creative nature as a rapper, songwriter, and actor. From some of the lyrics in his songs, I was a little surprised to see him defined as an ISFP. That is, until I came across this statement he made: “I can go back and listen to each song off of each record and remember … exactly how I was feeling.”
16. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
It's no surprise that Mozart would be on this list. He expressed how he experienced the world through his music. His compositions are original, complicated, inspiring, and relaxing. Mozart both composed and played pieces that he “heard in his head.”
He is said to have lived life by following his heart, and he insisted on creating his music without censorship.
17. Pharrell Williams
Singer, songwriter, and producer Pharrell is described as a visual person. His sociable personality may make him appear extroverted, but it's really his friendly, charming, ISFP characteristics shining through.
She is an example of how an ISFP is driven to be her true self no matter what. The Irish singer and songwriter says, “I am really a very shy person. If I [do publicity], it is because of the music, not because I want to be seen.”
Her innate drive to express herself creatively, and all that comes with it, outweighs any awkwardness or discomfort that may compel a shy person to stay out of the limelight.
19. Barbara Streisand
Barbara is an entertainment icon. As a singer and songwriter, she has sold millions of records worldwide. She is also an actress and filmmaker. Like many with this personality type, her artistry stretches across many creative arenas.
Actors, Filmmakers, and Writers
20. Ryan Gosling
The actor describes himself as having his own taste and not veering from it. His visual nature can be seen in his stylish attire.
He captures the sensitive, loyal side of ISFPs when he explains the reasons he feels women are attracted to him: “I listen more than other guys do and appreciate how they think and feel about things.”
21. Brad Pitt
The Golden Globe winning actor has been described as creative and calm. Brad demonstrates his ISFP-ness when he shares his frustrations about acting. He says his frustration with acting is that it's not like music, adding, “Music has its own language.”
22. Elizabeth Taylor
She shared her passions and enjoyment of life with Michael Jackson. She has commented on their friendship and the great fun they had together. Elizabeth confessed, “I've always admitted that I'm ruled by my passions.”
23. Nicole Kidman
Nicole reveals her ISFP traits while discussing her movies and her fashion sense. She says her films are about falling in and out of love and surviving it all. Love is what interests her the most.
The actress reveals that being like others is not really a priority: “I have no sense of what's fashionable; I just know what I like to wear.”
24. Jessica Alba
The dancer and actress shows her creative and unconventional nature in the roles she has played. She is also described as empathetic, altruistic, reticent, and generous.
25. John Travolta
If you're familiar with John and his energetic personality in movies and when he dances, you may doubt his ISFP typology. But I argue that it's his impressive, charismatic, inviting, and friendly ISFP real-life personality manifesting itself in each and every character he plays.
This quote by Travolta sums up his artistic and benevolent nature: “Dancing's part of my soul. I enjoy it, it makes people happy, and it makes me happy.”
26. Steven Spielberg
Steven is a screenwriter, director, and producer. He is known for many scary movies, thrillers, sci-fi's, and dramas. He is not afraid to think outside of the box and present entertainment that pushes boundaries.
27. Pamela Anderson
Her Baywatch swimsuit role made her famous. The model's activism for animal rights and support for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) shows her sensitive, passionate side.
28. Brooke Shields
Also friends with the talented and shyly individualistic Michael Jackson, Brooke is known to be humble and kind. She is a model and actress, and you've probably most recently seen her in those La-Z-Boy furniture commercials.
29. Christopher Reeve
Known for flying across the sky and into our hearts as Superman, Christopher is described as having been introverted and emotionally intelligent.
30. Mel Brooks
Mel is an actor who has starred in many hit movies. He connects with individuals through his comedy, and as a filmmaker. He expresses how he experiences the world, and brings people joy, happiness, and relief through his entertainment.
31. Audrey Hepburn
Just like an ISFP, this actress is loyal to her values and beliefs. “I've [always] followed my instincts and they've brought me nothing but blessings and good fortune and terribly kind people to work with,” she shared. Audrey has also been recognized for her humanitarian work.
32. Drew Barrymore
Drew is known for his fire-starting shenanigans as a child-actor in the movie, Firestarter. She has grown into a successful adult actress. She expresses her emotional and loyal side in this quote, “Love is the hardest habit to break, and the most difficult to satisfy.”
33. Doris Day
Doris's singing and piano-playing were described as spontaneous, and she was said to improvise during her performances, showing her preference for freedom. She's described as empathetic, friendly, and supportive.
34. Liv Tyler
In this statement about beauty, Liv demonstrates the wonderful and supportive way ISFPs have of accepting people for who they are, and making them feel secure in being their authentic selves. “There is no definition of beauty, but when you can see someone's spirit coming through, something unexplainable, that's beautiful to me.”
35. Ashton Kutcher
Ashton has worn many hats. The actor, producer, and investor is also a former model.
His ingenuity and bold moves to follow his own rules can be seen in the MTV comedy, Punk’d. He not only hosted the show, but created and produced it, too.
36. Neil Simon
The Oscar and Tony Award nominated author, playwright, and screenwriter proves that an ISFP's creativity cannot be contained. He has written over 30 plays.
37. Fred Astaire
Fred danced, sang, and acted his way into our hearts for over 70 years on stage, and in film and television. He was also a choreographer and musician. His many talents showcase the artistic and creative nature of the ISFP.
38. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
As wife to John F. Kennedy, former First Lady of the United States Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had a fashion style that stood out. She showed the hands-on approach and doer side of ISFPs in this self-description, “I never … kept a journal. I thought, ‘I want to live my life, not record it.'”
39. Ulysses S. Grant
Even presidents are included in this quiet, unassuming personality type. This former U.S. President and Civil War general said this about physical conflict with others, “I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.”
40. Princess Diana
Princess Diana showcases what ISFP looks like royalty style. As the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, Diana couldn't describe the free-spirited nature of ISFPs better: “I don't go by a rule book.”
41. Prince Harry
Maybe it runs in the family. Harry, the son of Princess Diana, is also an ISFP. He has been described as dutiful, volatile, and carefree.
Those are the hardworking, passionate, and refusal to be caged, or nonconformist traits, of the ISFP.
Other Big Names
42. Kobe Bryant
The NBA basketball star is said to be ISFP because he has the ability to contort his body in ways other personality types cannot. This agility is attributed uniquely to the ISFP.
43. Paris Hilton
The heir and socialite is also an actress, singer, and model. She captures the essence of an innate friendly nature in this self-description: “I'm very easy to get along with.”
44. Pablo Picasso
The Spanish painter's passion and creativity can be seen in his works. Pablo shows his propensity to experiment and not be confined by rules in his art.
45. Bob Ross
Bob's quiet, calm, and patient manner came through on his PBS show, The Joy of Painting. As you watched him paint a happy tree, you couldn't help but be drawn in by his charm, and relaxed by his soothing delivery.
Final Thoughts on ISFP Famous People
These ISFP famous people show us how valuable our creative, introverted, sensitive, and individualistic qualities can be. Without us, the world would sit bored and unstimulated.
We bring others joy, insight, entertainment, and warmth. We make them feel comfortable being their authentic selves, through our own kind nature, artistry, originality, and propensity to accept people for who they are. Here's a little something to bring us ISFPs some joy and laughter. These funny introvert memes really capture the “I” in our ISFP-driven soul.