If you're an actor and you're feeling lost and maybe a wee bit unsupported trust me, you aren't alone, you're in the majority and I have the statistics to back it up. That makes me really sad, because as I continue to talk to people and ask them about their experiences, I meet so many insanely talented and inspirational actors who are wrestling with these feelings of helplessness. So in search of direction, I'm reaching out to you today with a call to action and three strategies to help you, help yourself. These strategies are designed to get you to go where opportunity can find you. I truly believe If you follow these instructions, you may soon find you've landed a job, gotten an audition, decided to make your own work or met your next collaborator before you can say boo, so let's get started.
1. Go to a masterclass with a Master Teacher. Participate where you can, but otherwise just audit, you'll still definitely learn a lot! 16th street have been doing wonders lately, by creating some unique opportunities to work with teachers like Elizabeth Kemp and Larry Moss. After speaking to friends who participated in both workshops there was one consistent observation: a fire had been lit under each actor and they were glowing from head to foot. That's because these teachers inspire you, Larry has a particular penchant for challenging actors to make their own work. He was the defining motivation behind me getting my weekly workshop up and running a year ago and it's still going today. He has a hustlers mentality and his love of the work is infectious. That alone is worth the price of a couple of days of auditing, even better if you get to perform a scene.
2. Go to a Casting Directors workshop. I know actors who turn their nose up at the idea of going to casting director workshops like it's something only amateur actors do. Usually this boils down something to do with thinking 1. 'What can they teach me?' 2. 'Paying to work in front of them feels like it makes the experience unauthentic' and 3. 'They wont take me seriously later if I establish this relationship with them now'. 1. Ego 2. Ego 3 Ego. I've been there, I know the feeling, but lets think about our acting business okay: Businesses spend money on advertising which they put in front of their customers to generate sales. Therefore actors spending money to put their work in front of their customers (casting directors) to generate future sales kind of makes sense right. Just remember three things:
These three actions are so completely within your control. If you put yourself into a state of positivity and abundance and step foot into these arenas, direction will find you. It will take you by the hand and whether it's an audition, inspiration to produce a play, a collaboration with an indy film maker or any other serendipitous happening, it will bring momentum back into your career and where you go from there is up to you, but remember, always go where opportunity can find you.
Film and Theatre Actor Based in Sydney. Creator of Script Gym. Lover of Stories.