Waiting for the phone to ring and for your next opportunity can be frustrating. As actors, sometimes there is no rhyme or reason to it. Some months you can feel that you should just camp out at the Spotlight Studios because you are there so often and other times months can pass by without so much as a phone call.
You can sometimes feel like you have no control over your career- you are always waiting. However you can control something, your own state.
I know how frustrating it can be to not feel like you are progressing (yep, I have been there), however I have 5 strategies for you to follow that will keep you focused, positive and ready to go.
1. Be open for business
As an actor, you are your own business. Being an actor doesn't run like a traditional business- you never can predict the open hours (i.e. when the phone is going to ring) so make sure you can be contacted. I want you to start every day reminding yourself that you are an actor. It sounds simple but when we are rushing around trying to pay our bills, we can sometimes forget.
2. Take consistent action
I want to challenge you to do something every day that is going to benefit your career and write it down. Then at the end of the 30 days, reflect on what you achieved. No action is too small. Some actions could be (a) Checking twitter for the latest updates on the industry (b) Completing a 10 minute vocal warm up (c) Learning new material (d) Visiting the theatre. Sometimes we can believe we are taking action because we are busy all the time, so be honest with yourself and make sure your time is spent focusing on tasks that will give you results. As you note down each action, expand it a little. For example: ' For 7 days running, I completed a vocal warm up in the morning. Therefore I know my voice is strong, healthy and versatile'. Or I contacted three casting directors with a relevant, introductory note with an intention of building a relationship and later, working with him or her.
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