Are You Really, Truly doing EVERYTHING in Your Control to Make Your Performance Dreams A Reality? [Part 1- Work Ethic]
So you have this dream…
To be on Broadway…
To book your first television role…
(Fill in the blank—whatever the dream is for you)
But you feel like it is far out of reach.
Okay, maybe it is, but… Why?
Were you ever told by a friend or relative that “performing for a living is impractical” or that you will always be a “starving artist” and believed that?
Or do folks pat you on the head and say “aw, that’s cute” when you share your hopes & dreams with them? (First off, be careful who’s advice you are choosing to listen to, but alas, that is another blog post altogether.)
These phrases can stick with you, impacting your mindset, making the pursuit of reaching your dreams feel near to impossible?
In fact, those phrases can stick in your head so much so that you don’t even know how to BEGIN pursuing the “dream”.
Or maybe this is closer to where you are right now…
You’ve been pursuing this dream for years with some minor success, but feel deterred whenever you are unable to crack that next level, sign with an agent or bring in enough income from performing that you can quit your day job?
Finding success as a professional actor IS difficult!
I’ve been there, I still find myself struggling some days, but because I am now in consistent pursuit of my goals and have a multi-pronged approach in place, the energy I am giving to my work ethic far outweighs the energy I choose to put into a doubtful mindset (which if I let it, could paralyze me).
Over the next few blog posts I will explore three qualities that may be in need of your attention: Work Ethic, Discipline and a Mindset of Determination & Tenacity
How are you currently in action to find or create that next performance opportunity?
Following are a few areas to explore:
These actions are all in our control. If you are unsure where to meet casting directors or find auditions begin with my “Top 25 Resources for Actors & Singers.”
Finally, I’ve put together a list of actions you can take TODAY to trigger that work ethic (page 1 in "Really, Truly" Action Packet below). Please pick just one action to start with! And let me know how it goes in the comment section below :)
So I kind of love putting up a fresh calendar and beginning to plan what might be possible in the year ahead… But no matter what time of year it is when you are reading this, it is a fabulous time to reflect on the past 12 months in both your personal and profession life… plan for the future, really envision how you want to feel, and find words and images to match that mood… even more fun… add a crafting activity… seriously, I’m not kidding!
Check out this video to find out how to create your very own Vision Board!
And for your listening pleasure, here is my “Vision Board Inspiration” Spotify Playlist to get you going.
Finally, if you’re really digging this Vision Board thing, click here for my easy to follow Vision Board Guide!
the global actor