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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Being Grateful When Everything Sucks

Being Grateful When Everything Sucks

Does our political climate have your emotions in tatters?  Are you worried about getting shot when you wear your pajamas to get a bagel at the bodega downstairs?  Does the news have you so wound up that the only thing you can stomach to watch on TV are late night reruns of Fraiser or infomercials for My Pillow?  Does that My Pillow look like #relationshipgoals to you at this point? How can you be grateful when everything sucks??

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"We Want Actors to Succeed" - An Interview with Gama Valle of Harriet Bass Casting

"We Want Actors to Succeed" - An Interview with Gama Valle of Harriet Bass Casting

A lot of times you see very talented actors, they're great with the material, and then when the read is over and it's time to have a moment with the creative team, they sort of close themselves. At the end of the day, the director wants to know if there's some sort of connection there, someone that you can talk to, someone that you can spend six to eight weeks together rehearsing with from ten to six…leave an impression on me, because I'm sure you have a personality.

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Holding Room Hacks: How to Keep Your Cool and Not be a Jerk

Some people are just not going to understand that you don’t want to chit-chat before what is essentially a JOB INTERVIEW. Maybe they’re an extrovert who finds chatting calms their nerves and they figure the same is true for you. Whatever their reasons are, sometimes you need to politely extract yourself from a conversation pre-audition. Here’s the basic script that I tend to riff off…

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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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