Daily actions as an actor are essential to your success. I'm sure you have heard before that acting should be treated like a muscle- looked after and honed daily. However so many actors don't take consistent, daily action. They simply wait until the phone rings which gives the cue that their work should be begin again.
A safer option is to remain continuously- so you are never started from a place of lack. There may not be auditions for you every day, but 'your work' can take its own direction.
Here are 5 strategies to help you make a plan:
1. Notice what you have done over the last few weeks
We can all get caught up in the frenetic pace of life. When we reflect or discuss what we have been up to- we can summarise with 'just been so busy'. However I want you to question the nature and content of constant activity. What action were you taking that would bring you closer to your ultimate goal? How much time did you dedicate to your acting career? What can you now do that you couldn't a few weeks ago?
2. Note down your results
Be frank with yourself. Note down your findings. Are you working hard or are you working smartly? Are you getting results? If so, what are they?
3. Go for the big wins
Knowing and understanding what has been happening for you up until now- what can you do now? 'Hard work' is often glorified in our society, however I want to encourage you to go for the easy wins. How can you get from where you are now to where to you want to be in the quickest, simplest and most effective way possible? Complete a brain storm and generate some ideas.
4. Slowly but surely
You may not get overnight results, but that is ok. It is a marathon, not a sprint. Encourage yourself to take baby steps and aim for consistent, steady action. It is highly unlikely that a 'busy action filled week' will pay off in the long run. Instead, go for daily actions that you can measure, tweak and build on.
5. If what you are doing doesn't work, try something else
Make sure you are using your creative brain to generate alternatives. If something isn't working, quickly note it and then find another solution. Keep delving and exploring options.