New Year, Same Fabulous You!
It only took until 2020, but it seems that finally, FINALLY there is a healthy amount of backlash to the “new year, new me” phenomenon. What’s wrong with good old 2019 you? We’re guessing nothing- you were fab then, and you’re fab now.
Of course, the new year is a great time to look at goals, dreams, bad habits (and to create new, better ones).
So let’s refresh our 2019 tips and see how they- and a couple of new ideas- can serve you best in 2020.
Top 6 tips:
- Create your vision
- Think big
- Set deadlines
- Expand your resources
- Put the negative behind you
- You do you
Create your vision
What do you want your career to look like? What are you going to do to get there? If you are getting self-tape requests but don’t feel like your self-tape game is up to scratch, maybe it’s time you learn a bit more from a self-tape expert. Manuel Puro can give you top advice literally from the casting director’s mouth in his Self-Tape Workshop on 23rd January. Want to act better on camera? We can help there, too. If you’re aiming for more TV and film work, one of our casting director workshops might help you to understand the process a bit better and help to land you the next job.
You will need to work hard, and chances are, smaller steps will be required before you reach your biggest goals. But shouldn’t you set goals that are as big as your dreams? One successful actress maps out her acting career for the year, including the number of plays (or films or commercials) she plans to do and when. And, for the most part, it works for her, even with the uncertainty of the acting industry. We’re convinced that’s because she knows exactly what she wants, when she wants it- and she does the behind the scenes work to go out and make it happen.
You know what makes things happen? A looming deadline. And accountability, so let someone close to you know your goals (and deadlines), so they can-lovingly!- follow up on your progress.
Expand your resources
Meet new people. Try new classes. If you’re not working, why not take the opportunity to add something valuable to your Spotlight CV? Or learn something new out of pure lovely or interest. Not everything that you do has to have the motivation of forwarding your acting career, but sometimes those skills that you least expect become amazingly valuable!
Put the negative behind you
Maybe 2019 didn’t go the way you hoped. In the same way that you can’t rest on your laurels, you most certainly can’t rest on your defeats. You CAN turn mistakes into opportunities (maybe growing a little while you’re at it) and set a new path for success. A great way to get started is taking a workshop like The Audition Mindset with Charlotte Thornton. Charlotte will help you with tricks to build positivity and confidence and strategise the best path going forward.
You do you
An annoying expression? Maybe. But the point is, don’t pursue someone else’s dreams. You’ve chosen to be an actor- which can be a very brave choice, but only if you do it your way. If relatives can’t recognise your success because you haven’t been on Eastenders yet, but what you want is to be on stage, don’t let them discourage you. Working towards someone else’s dream is much harder than doing what you love, even if you are lucky enough to find success.
You’re all stars- make this year your brightest yet.
The Actors Company wishes you the very best for 2020 and we hope to see you in a workshop soon! x