Keeping Motivated

Thursday, 25 May 2017


We all have those down times as an actor where no auditions are coming in, let alone no work. It can be a mental struggle and you may see friends doing really well, jobs you are perfect for but can't get in the room and you may start to feel a little depressed about the whole acting industry.

The first thing I will say to you here is have a glass of wine with a friend and get your rant out. Don't keep it all in your head as it will only torment and torture you. Then there are a number of things we as actors can do to stay motivated within the times of 'resting'.

*Go to class

*Workout

*See a film

*See a play

*Read

*Write yourself a monologue

*Start work on your own script

*Have some down time

*Get a hobby

*Stand up in front of camera

*Learn a new accent

*Pick up a guitar

*Tidy your room

*Write a plan

*See your family

*Go on a walk somewhere you have never been before

*Watch a documentary

*Do your tax

*Have a singing lesson

*Learn to draw

*Make a web series

*Update your showreel

*Promote yourself on social media

*Take some photos

*Write a book

*Develop a play

*Learn to dance

*Study acting videos on Youtube

*Listen to a casting podcast

*Research casting directors

*Clean up your profiles

Basically what I am trying to say is that there are a million and one things you can do to up your game, create your own future and climb that ladder. Don't sit and ponder why the work isn't coming to you, you have to find it, you have to create it, you have to write it. Nothing should be in your way and if it is stop making excuses, find another way.

Everyone is in the same boat (only 1% of actors are working at any one time) so if your truly, really want it, have your glass or bottle of wine with your friend, get your rant out and then get to work. Better yourself because no one has learnt everything yet.

What do you do to keep motivated?

Joseph

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