What do I do when the phone isn't ringing? #actors

When I speak to actors, this is one of the most common questions that I am asked. ‘What do I do?’

The story usually goes as follows: they have left drama school, they sign with an agent, they land one or two jobs….then nothing. Everything grinds to a halt and they are left in a place of uncertainty. ‘Am I being put up for jobs?’ ‘Are my head shots working?’ ‘Is my agent working hard for me?’ ...’What do I do?’

The answer is ‘something’… do something and quickly.

It is your responsibility.

Of course, a strong working relationship with an agent helps, but you are the common denominator in your career. You are constant so take it seriously.

Here are 5 ways to help you stay motivated and take action:

1)   Think back to your recent successes

What did you achieve, what did you do, where you were performing, how did it make you feel, what did people say to you?

Start to vividly remember and then analyse the process.

What did you do? How did you make yourself feel good and find your flow?

2)   Find your focus

What do you want? What do you want to achieve in the next 6 months, by Christmas? Write yourself a goal and then take action

3)   Flip the questions back to you and put yourself back in control

Instead of being cross with others or asking closed questions ‘Is it quiet at the moment?’ ask yourself ‘What can I do?’ and ask your agent ‘What do you need from me, can I provide any additional shots, show reel clips, what can I do to make your life easier?’

4)   Write a list of your tasks you need to do

Make a voice reel, hone your Yorkshire accent, take a refresher horse riding course etc. Break down each task into smaller tasks and schedule the dates into your diary; when you are going to start, what you need to do and when you want to complete the task by.

5)   Go for it and take action

Don’t wait or say you’ll start tomorrow, or next week or when you have a block of time. Do something today. Send an email, make a call, make a booking and start to build momentum.