5 Important Questions Every Actor Should Ask Themselves Right Now
Staying focused and positive during this pandemic can make a big difference when you get back in the running for great acting opportunities. Fall also has this special way of inspiring us to get back to work and back to the goals we have in our heart– So if you have been craving a RE-FOCUS sorta Fall— then this blog is for you!
When it comes to your acting career, I find that there are some BIG questions that you can answer for yourself that can help you get clearer on the type of work and opportunities you should be focused on. There is a lot of information out there in the inter-webs on things you should be doing as an actor, and without a few guiding principles, it is REALLY EASY to work yourself into the ground. Don’t be busy for the sake of being busy– get busy doing the RIGHT THINGS FOR YOU– which newsflash… may be different RIGHT things for someone else.
To help actors get focused on who they are meant to be in this industry, I have a few guiding questions that they can answer themselves to help set the stage for tasks and priorities for Fall 2020. Check them out and answer them for yourself below. I hope they help you hone in on the type of artist you want to be this year.
What three words describe your career right now?
Think 3 descriptive words and be honest with yourself on how you would describe the current state of your career. Don’t over edit, go with your instincts. You need to really understand where you are at right now.
What three words describe the career you want to have?
When you imagine yourself having the acting career that fulfills you, what descriptive words come to mind? Let these words be varied and joyous. Compare your answers from question 1 and question 2. Think about what steps you need to take and thoughts you need to think to start feeling the energy of your question two answers in your everyday life in your NOW moments.
What are the types of stories you feel most inspired to tell?
Surprisingly, so many actors don’t have an answer ready for this one. You should ALWAYS have an answer here. What are the stories and the character types that you feel attracted to? Do you like portraying young women who can go against the odds and win? Do you love stories about men discovering a deeply hidden softer side? Do you like stories that depict a battle of good and evil? Or stories that prove the importance of love? Do you particularly enjoy historical pieces? Sci-fi that challenges human perception? Note all your tastes as a storyteller. Explore what makes your most desired characters the ones you most like to play. Understand those reoccurring themes.
Who is producing work surrounding those types of stories?
Now that you understand the work that you LOVE on a deeper level, you need to find EVERYONE in the industry who also LOVES that type of work. Who writes those stories? Produces them? Casts them? Finances them? What types of audiences support them? Learn the entire ins and outs of that type of work. Compile bios and begin understanding how the most successful people making those stories started their careers. Notice certain things show up more than once. Use this research to make a list of people you should network with, places you should train, festivals or conferences you should attend and more. The more you can find ways to surround yourself with this network, the better.
What can you be doing to have more JOY in your career right now?
Bad energy can repel new relationships and opportunities from developing in your life. How do you stay away from that career-killing vibe? One word- JOY. Bring as much JOY into your acting career as possible. There are so many ways to do this. Surround yourself with joyful artists and create opportunities for you to joyfully play in the craft (do mini readings, have an online improv night with friends– get creative). Find an online acting class that makes your heart feel powerful. Protect time to discover non-acting related activities that give you joy. Think you don’t have any?.. ALERT ALERT– make this a PRIORITY. Don’t be an actor/robot…. You are a human being. Discover hiking, painting, learning about marine life, tae kwon do– whatever. The more you enjoy and learn about your world, the more FULL your craft becomes. Other ways to find joy? Audit your inner circle. Spend time with people who ENERGIZE you and not those that leave you feeling exhausted. Make a HAPPY list of things that make you smile each morning. Find your inner kid and give them a chance to PLAY within the world in a small way everyday. By doing these things, you are tending to your energy– and that energy is the IT FACTOR that opens you up to greater success and happiness.
I hope these questions have helped you get some clarity on some changes you should make in order to be the type of actor you WANT to be this Fall and beyond. Feel free to revisit them anytime you feel stuck in your career. We change, and sometimes some fresh answers will be all we need to make sure our sails are taking us in the right direction.
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