Three New Year's Resolutions For Actors That Actually Work

Three New Year's Resolutions For Actors That Actually Work

There really are endless tasks you can perform to nudge your acting career in the direction you want it to go.  And you may be diligent about these resolutions for the first few weeks or months of the year.  But how many of them are you actively working on in, say, August?  Instead of making the same old ineffective resolutions, what if we reframe and retool them so that they actually create lasting, positive change?

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Multi-Tasking Is Not The Answer: Productivity Hacks for Busy Actors

Multi-Tasking Is Not The Answer: Productivity Hacks for Busy Actors

I slowly realized that the benefits and enjoyment of each activity were greatly diminished by the multitasking. Watching a movie with my boyfriend while updating my website didn’t really count as “quality time with boyfriend” and the work on my website took twice as long since I was distracted. As a multitasker I saved very little time. I didn’t add more hours to my day—I just made the hours I actually had less enjoyable.

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How to Own Your Time: Self-Care For Artistic Types

How to Own Your Time: Self-Care For Artistic Types

Artists often have a crazy amount of commitments.  It can be difficult to set aside time for our own health and well-being. But here’s the conclusion it’s taken me a long time to arrive at: we deserve it.  More importantly, we are allowed to take ownership of that time. If you commit to making one positive choice, then you are taking care of yourself—there’s no need to start with drastic changes. 

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Say No To Unpaid Positions and Stipends: A Newcomer Takes a Stand

Say No To Unpaid Positions and Stipends: A Newcomer Takes a Stand

The expectation to dedicate 20+, 30+, even 40 hours a week and be offered a daily or weekly stipend to ‘offset the cost of housing and living expenses; is simply absurd. Institutions “providing opportunities” like such are only doing harm to those that can’t afford to work for you.

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Do You Have The Guts Not To Be Famous?

Do You Have The Guts Not To Be Famous?

Ultimately, life as an actor means wrestling with the idea that the success you desire may never materialize.  I think we can all agree based on the evidence that you have a better chance of getting a seat on the first manned mission to Mars than you do of booking a lead in a Marvel franchise.  So the question becomes – is that OK with you?

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"I Never Call Out" is the Theatre Equivalent of "Most of My Friends are Guys"

"I Never Call Out" is the Theatre Equivalent of "Most of My Friends are Guys"

We don’t question the eight-show-a-week model, or the demands of score, or the press events the actors are expected to attend. We blame the actor. The show must go on. If it doesn’t, that actor is either lazy or they have bad technique. It’s a lose-lose situation.

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If You Work in Theatre, You Know a Sex Worker

If You Work in Theatre, You Know a Sex Worker

Trust me when I say I lost count of how many actors have told me in confidence that they had once danced or done live videos on the Internet or had sex for money. Trust me when I tell you how relieved they were to come out about it to someone who understood not only the risks of revealing their past but also the circumstances around their choice to do that work…

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Reaping Your Own Harvest: How to Use Powerful Questions to Overcome Resistance to Self-Promotion

Reaping Your Own Harvest: How to Use Powerful Questions to Overcome Resistance to Self-Promotion

My fear says: Don’t expect anything to come of this. Don’t be too showy about what you created. Don’t look too confident, too needy, too self-centered, or too anything, really.

My fear asks: What if someone doesn’t like it? What if it’s not good enough? What if someone else can do it better?

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