How to keep motivated towards your acting career when your next job is nowhere to be seen

Authenticme By Authenticme, 5th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Ever wondered how some actors make it and others fade into oblivian? Read these tips to spur you on and give you a dose of optimism!

How to stay motivated between acting jobs

The sofa is calling. A cuppa tea. Chocolate hobnobs. I am a real foodie at heart, and if I could rewrite the 'When I am an Old Woman poem', it would begin: 'When I am an old woman, I shall eat cake'. It's everywhere, isn't it? In all colours and shapes, this and that free, everyone cashing in on the cupcake phenomenon. A bit like pizza, it's amazing how people can get excited about something with so few ingredients. I do like the saying 'food is love made visible', but fat is also lack of discipline made visible. Ouch. (That one's for me, not you).

As my running training continues and I work on minimising my love handles, I've had some thoughts on staying motivated which I thought I would share. Discipline - you know, that thing that makes you get off the couch, put down the chocolate hob nobs and get your bum in gear:

- Discipline really is key to motivation. 'Successful people do what they don't 'feel like' doing', as I once heard - I'm sure it's in one of Richard Branson's books somewhere

- If you don't get a handle on how you use your time, time won't wait ('time waits for no man, tick, tick)

- Although I personally LOATHE a ticking clock (too much time spent in exam rooms), your time needs to be visible - I invested in a watch the other day, so I don't have to keep taking my phone in and out of my bag. Have a few clocks around about and look at them!

- Prioritise what it is you need to do. Take your acting career, it's all well and good saying 'I'm an actor' - but are you working towards that? Every day? For how long? On purpose? (sorry lots of questions)

- Decide how much time you're going to spend on, say, looking at Spotlight or contacting agents, then sit down and do it. It's amazing how quickly an hour flies by, so be realistic about how long you think you'll need then schedule it in.

- In terms of your priorities you may need to look for a sideline job or even a full time job, yet don't want to take your foot off the gas acting-wise. That's when compartmentalising comes in, spend a couple of hours on each from day to day. If that doesn't work for you, focus on your 'main job' before coming back to acting - it's all about finding what works for you. But WORK on whatever is your priority, don't neglect it.

- As humans we're goal-oriented, and like praise! I don't know why that is, but things like a sticker after going to the dentist and gold stars appeal to all of us, no matter what age. So you may find keeping a record of what you've done each day will spur you on, those hours soon ad up and at least you'll know where your time has gone!

- This may be obvious, but switch off the telly and listen to music instead. Music actually has health benefits and can lift your mood, even help you concentrate if you look up the 'Mozart Effect'. Music really is one of life's pleasures and in my opinion waters the soul, so why not get a bit of classical playing in the background

- Minimise your time on Facebook. I personally have had to close my accounts altogether, I was forever on there, and even now couldn't tell you what I did. After researching different opinions, I came to the conclusion I'd rather see people I wanted to keep in contact with in the flesh. And if life wasn't disney magic every day, I didn't want to have to read status updates of people jetting off to the Maldives whilst I did my weekly shop. Bleak.

- Remember that at school we had a timetable, and lessons. Imagine what would have happened if we all turned up and were told to do whatever we wanted. Mayhem. Timetable your own time to create some order.

- Finally 'you can't get a job if you're not looking' seems obvious, but it's very true. That applies to both acting work and sideline jobs. Take small steps towards your goal, chip away, and lay the foundations one brick at a time


Acting, Acting Jobs, Staying Motivated, Time Management

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author avatar Authenticme
I'm an actor, musician, teacher and life coach. I will be publishing articles related to those topics, as well as common interest topics

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author avatar Graceful
8th Jan 2014 (#)

Well written! It's the same for photographers and artists.

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