DO SOMETHING EVERY DAY THAT SCARES YOU.
This is a tough business. A beautiful business (the most beautiful in our opinion!) …but a tough one. It’s not for the weak of heart. It’s not for the lazy. It’s for the BOLD. The COURAGOUS. The RESILIENT. It’s for the DREAMERS. The BELIEVERS. And, most importantly, the DO-ERs.
As actors, we must choose each and every day to get outside of our comfort zone. With an open, positive heart we must choose to WORK for our dreams. We must MAKE them happen. Yes, MAKE not wait for them to happen. We must take the lead. This distinction is an important one. It is everything, in fact.
EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.There is something incredibly liberating about conquering your fears on a regular basis. It’s empowering. It brings peace and mental and emotional well-being. Sitting back and doing nothing leads to despair. Get out there and DO something.
Each list is different. Things that scare you might not scare another actor. You know what YOUR fears are and what you need to do to conquer them. Here are a few examples to get you started. Remember, the opportunities are endless. Make it a daily habit.
1.) Do that scene in your acting class that scares you. Today, find the scene.
Why? Because it will make you grow as an actor. It will stretch you and prepare you. Luck, as they say, is when preparation meets opportunity. You can do a million and one things to advance yourself in this business but, if you’re not ready as an actor, it’s all for nothing. Take the time to prepare yourself. Recognize your blocks and work to overcome them. Some actors choose to perform the same type of scene over and over. They explore on a surface level. They rehearse at Starbucks over an iced caramel macchiato. Dig Deeper. Take the time to listen (really listen) and understand the notes and critiques your acting coach has given in class and choose scenes that will make you FACE those parts of you and your work. Do scene after scene until you have mastered your weakness and turned it into your greatest strength.
2.) Go to a networking event with the mindset of helping others. Today, reach out to a friend and ask them to join you.
Networking sometimes has a negative connotation. Opportunistic. Fake. The truth is quite the opposite. You must approach networking in the entertainment industry (in any industry) with an open, loving, generous heart. Remember, you could make a lifelong friend. You could meet your next business partner. Always approach those occasions as a chance to HELP OTHERS. It will fill your soul with positivity and, in helping others; you will eventually be helped in return.
3.) Audition for that theater company or independent film. Today, research local auditions.
You never know where that play or film could go. A tiny play could end up Off Broadway with glowing reviews from the New York Times. That little film could get picked up by Netflix and become a cult classic. Keep an optimistic spirit.
You have to fill your soul on a regular basis. Sometimes we get so consumed with the “business” of it all that we forget to do what we love. So, regardless of what results from a business perspective, your love tank will be full, so to speak. You will remain inspired. It will remind you why you do what you do. It will give you the energy to keep going.
4.) Communicate with your agent. Today, call them.
This subject needs a blog post all of its own but the main thing to remember is your agent WANTS you to succeed. And, they are human beings just like any one else. They fail. They succeed. They laugh. They cry. They love. They have families. They have most embarrassing moments. They’re just like you. Stop being so intimidated by them. Stop keeping them at arms length. You love acting. You’re in an acting class. You study the craft. You work hard. They’ll love and admire that about you. Reach out and let them know what you’ve been working on. Make it about what YOU have done. Not what they need to do. They’ll love to hear about it and it will energize them, as well.
5.) Create your own project. Today, start by brainstorming and picking up the phone.
You have to take the bull by the horn, so to speak. Get out there and make your own destiny. Be your own boss. Take the lead. Start your own theater company. Raise money to create your own film. You can do it. Stop putting the power in everyone else’s hands. Is there a story that speaks to you? Produce it. You never know where it could lead. Start today by brainstorming. Just dream. Envision. What kind of movie would you love to be in? Who do you know whom you could collaborate with to make it happen? Pick up the phone.
This list could go on and on. Some days, that thing that scares you is a simple call. Some days, it’s something bigger. Pace yourself and just DO IT! We believe in you!
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