Up to date 9/25/22: I’m a giant lover of non-public improvement books– and Steven Covey’s best-selling e-book, The 7 Habits of Extremely Efficient Folks, is a superb learn with actionable suggestions.
On this sequence of seven weblog posts, we will likely be taking Steven’s ideas, and breaking them down into particular motion steps for ACTORS. So let’s head into level #1.
1. BE PROACTIVE
So many actors are ready for his or her performing profession to occur to them. For the telephone name, electronic mail, alternative, agent or connection to only fall out of the sky and into their lap. Whereas actually there are some freak success tales of those proper place proper time eventualities, any actor who’s SERIOUS about their success shouldn’t EVER put all their eggs in girl luck’s basket.
It’s strongly instructed that actors take an ACTIVE strategy to alternatives. So what does that imply? Effectively listed here are a number of concepts.
Search/analysis job alternatives. I recommend that actors do common “workplace hours” the place they will look on-line for audition postings and apply straight, do agent analysis and outreach, construct new contacts, and get understanding of what’s occurring proper now within the business to be forward of any curves and developments. That is necessary to do as commonly as potential to keep away from the duty being an excessive amount of of a behemoth. Once you test the casting web sites commonly, you may have much less to sift by means of and the method is definitely faster.
Produce Your Personal Work. Don’t await the telephone to ring. Pull collectively your personal studying, one-woman present, brief movie, monologue slam– something! Work tends to create work. Fill in your profession blanks with initiatives that excite and encourage you, enable you construct connections and follow your craft.
Construct ACTIVE relationships. Comply with-up with folks. Assist what they’re doing. Spend time constructing useful connections and relationships. Pay particular consideration to the kind of folks you’re spending probably the most time with!
Preserve a “driver” mindset. It’s about YOU and what YOU are doing. No blame recreation in your agent, the market, the world’s circumstances and many others. Concentrate on what YOU can do and what YOU can management. Any power spent on blaming or excuses by no means booked anybody a job. Cease letting these detrimental issues dominate your ideas and phrases. Always drive your personal “automotive”.
Motion over Response. Spend extra time specializing in what you need somewhat than reacting to every thing the skin world is throwing at you. It’s simple to get distracted and fall off the trail to your objectives by attempting to concentrate to every thing without delay. Take accountability for what you need in your profession and your outcomes. Prioritize the motion steps that transfer your needle ahead over the busy work of life.
Up to date 9/25/22: Welcome again to our weblog mini sequence on the 7 Habits of Extremely Efficient Folks! We’re breaking down the 7 suggestions that Stephen Covey shares in his e-book (nice learn! I can positively advocate it) however we’re gearing our suggestions beneath to ACTORS trying to be extra EFFECTIVE of their performing careers!
So onward to behavior # 2.
2. BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND.
For the baseball followers in the home– let’s begin with a Yogi Berra quote– “If you happen to don’t know the place you’re going, you’ll find yourself someplace else.”
You have to be considering right now about your final vacation spot in your profession. What do you need to obtain? What would you like your life to appear to be? Who’re you as a profitable actor? What work are you doing? Who’re you doing it with? What sorts of characters are you taking part in? How a lot cash do you make? The place do you reside?
Really feel a little bit day-dreamy? Good! You possibly can’t construct your greatest imaginative and prescient of the long run for those who spent no time fascinated by it and designing it!
If you happen to don’t have a solution to all these questions above, it actually is WORTH taking the time to discover your coronary heart on them. And don’t restrict your self to your profession! Take into consideration your relationships, hobbies, way of life and the way life feels dwelling in your chosen path. You possibly can’t probably transfer nearer to the YOU that you simply need to be for those who don’t have a transparent image of it!
So listed here are a number of suggestions for you for level quantity 2!
Spend 5 minutes every morning fascinated by the profession you need to have. Set an alarm, shut your eyes, and take into consideration the life you need to be dwelling for a minimum of 5 entire uninterrupted minutes. Concentrate on the 5 senses and your feelings and take into consideration every thing intimately. You need to be smiling whilst you do that! It ought to really feel good or you’re doing it unsuitable!
Create a imaginative and prescient board on your life. Put footage that signify your profession, way of life, revenue and relationships on it. Get particular and canopy an entire poster board with representations of your future.
Set objectives by working backward. As soon as you recognize your final objectives, it’s simpler to work again from there to establish the remaining milestones that must get you there. Write that prime objective and assume “what would I want proper earlier than this?” after which write that objective down. Then ask the query earlier than that objective and so forth. Doing it will enable you construct your personal private street map.
Pave your mind for achievement. Envision how you’ll deal with hurdles. They may occur and your response is necessary. Take time to essentially discover how one can overcome challenges with grace and grit.
At some point, if you find yourself gone and the Oscars need to have fun your life–what would you like them to say about you and your profession? What would you like household and mates to recollect about you? Weave these solutions into your life now!
Behavior #3 is en route in a future weblog publish! Be at liberty to remark beneath on any motion steps these ideas encourage for you!
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Colleen Finnegan Kahl is an completed Theatre Arts Educator, writer of this text, and President of Actors Connection. Colleen is an knowledgeable serving to aspiring actors put together for casting calls, discover an agent, and optimize their performing coaching for theater and tv.