Get A Life

Want to be a happy actor? All work and no play makes an actor a very dull and unhappy person, which is not good for business. Understanding and achieving balance between work and your own life is vital part of your career.

The Old Studio System
The industry puts a lot on an actors' shoulders. In the old "studio" system, movie companies would sign an actor to a contract and groom them for work. The actor would take acting classes during the week, and be marketed and branded by the studio and given work. This system meant a lot less "business work" for actors to deal with, which enabled them to focus on the work of acting.

Today's System
These days actors need to be their own studios, and figuring out how to be your own CEO can be confusing. It takes a lot of energy to think only of three things: yourself, getting your work seen, and how you can book a job. This thinking encourages you to spend a lot of time focussing on yourself, and less on the world around you.

Clue Time!
If someone asked you, “how you are doing?” and you gave them the credits on your resume instead of saying "I am fine, bad, great [or something in the realm of what your life state is]," then this is a clue that you have become too self-absorbed. If you only think about yourself and what work you have booked, what do you have to draw on emotionally for your work? Your life must be broader than your work.

Have An Adventure
Go out into the world and try things you've always wanted to do. Go out and play and do the things you love. Your work will be better for it. You will have more things to talk about. You will have an easier time in an interview. You won't become overly invested in each and every audition because you have a life. Each job booked should be icing on the cake of a more full life. If you don't get a part, you may even be able to feel that it's their loss to not have you and all your wonderful life experience in the character and on set. The more you have to draw from within yourself, the better job will do with your work and the fuller you will be as a person.

Tell Your Self-Sabotage To Take A Hike!

How we handle our thoughts is what defines us.

for most of us, self-sabotage is an internal battle every day. Staying positive through the up’s and down’s of your thoughts and emotions can be challenging. Don’t let the old, “I am not good enough” take over.

As an actor, you will experience a lot of nerves and self doubt – particularly in auditions. The inner negative talk and fears appear when we are under pressure.

How do you deal with it, and get rid of it?
First of all remember that know you are in good company. Put on your tool belt and start to chip away at your inner fears. Learn how to tell it to step aside so you can do what you came to do.

How do you set it aside?
No one I know can completely get that negative voice out of their head. It is how you handle it that will define you. If the voice of pessimism comes your way, take a breath, and tell it to take a break. Tell it thanks for trying to join you, but you’r really busy. Tell the voice to go get a coffee, take a bike ride or do anything else except bother you.

As silly as this might sound, this is important because that pessimism is a form of self-sabotage that comes between you and moving your career forward. Don't let it into your thoughts!

Have the courage to let the world see your gifts and who you really are.

Goal Setting

Focus on how you feel during this goal-setting exercise, and get specific.

1. How will you feel when you achieve a goal? Think of this as if you are working from the now. Make it exciting for yourself.

2. Write your feelings down in great detail. Keep this project visible so you can see it every day. It will keep you on track. What are your:

  • 5 year Goals
  • 1 Year Goals
  • 6 Month Goals
  • 30 Day Goals
  • 7 Day Goals
  • Today's Goals

3. Begin with three goals per day to start your energy moving. Within that, start with three to five action steps every day. What you don’t get done that day moves to the next day. Make sure you can get all the steps done within that week. Try this for the next 30 days.

If you are the person who has a hard time seeing the whole picture, then set one goal per week. When you keep achieving your weekly goals your path will become clear and obtainable. It might even have you be able to see the big picture up to five years out.

Help Make Your Dream A Reality

What is life’s purpose? According to popular speaker and bestselling author Mike Dooley, "It almost never lies behind the door marked, 'just be logical.' "

I just love that quote. I think it really resonates for actors or anyone wanting to go after their dream. No one has ever achieved the unachievable by being logical, practical or playing life safe.

Take a risk, listen to your gut, and go for it.

Knowing who you are and what you have to give in life is such a big key to being an actor. Stay focused with hard work toward your goal. Here are some useful steps:

1. Work hard
You can not just be an actor without any work involved. Working on your craft is a must at all times. Growing your tool built will only help you be open to booking more work.

Also having knowledge of how your business needs to be run. You are a CEO of you business and understanding how to get your hard work out into the world to be seen is vital important.

2. Step away and take a break
Set at least 2 days during the week to have play time and breath and learn to let go of the work you did that week. Letting go of the outcome of that work. After your days away pick back up where you left off with full focus and energy. Keeping your energy toward your goal flowing.

3. Build your support system
Keep positive people around you. Support in the hardest of times needs a solid team built around you. They will help keep you focus and positive.

4. Meditate on gratitude
First give gratitude for what you have, and then imagine your dream as if you already are living it. Being open to new things coming.

5. Create a vision board
Make a vision board. Cut out pictures of things you want to attract in your life. Words you want to hear, people you want to meet. Once it is done if you want you can keep it out in the open as a daily reminder. Or you can put it away and pull it on at the end of the year. Fun to see what parts started to move for you or came to you that year.

6. Change negative "self talk" to positive
Work on catching and changing negative self talk. If you catch yourself doing it try in moment to talk yourself out of it. You might feel a little crazy when dealing with this. It will take some practice. Change it to positive talk. Try and find if you can one thing in the moment that is good. Focus your energy there.

Ask yourself in that moment how has thinking anything negatively with my career or life serve me? Did it help? Did things move forward by me doing this?

Just putting that into thought might help change that thought. Negativity keeps you trapped where you are. In order for a dream to move forward your going to need to keep taking steps forward. You can not stay in the same place.

7. Understand you are amazing!
Don’t try to be anyone but yourself. You are wanted in this career. Your type and who you are is a gift to all that get to see it, if you have the courage to put it out there.

Try these things and walk with courage as you make your dream a reality.