“How do you keep inspired to keep going when your acting career feels like it isn’t moving forward fast enough?”
Here are just a few ideas on how to keep inspired … even when you don’t feel like it:
Get an accountability partner
You keep them on track. They keep you on track. Daily is ideal but definitely weekly is a must. This can be a quick email or text or phone call….whatever works best for the both of you.
Get an actor support group
You are NOT alone … far from it. MOST actors feel frustrated from time to time. Luckily, there are countless groups and organizations for actors in Los Angeles . And if you live in a smaller market that does not have a lot of actor support… be are part of online groups, and read articles like this, and start your own group of proactive actor friends.
Set appointments and classes and meetings for yourself
If you have an appointment with yourself to send emails, or make phone calls, or work on a project, you can easily cancel on yourself…because really….who’s gonna know? But if you set something solid on your calendar like an acting class that you paid for, or a practice session with friends, you will be a 100 times more likely to “Show Up” to work!
And you will always feel better when you have accomplished something for your career. One of my main principles in my career has been “Put it on the calendar!” and then figure out how to make it happen!
Get a Coach
A coach can be a mentor, teacher, friend, accountability partner, information resource, and career catapult-er (I know…not a word) … all in ONE! Almost every successful person has had coaches in their life. One of the best things you can do for your acting career.
Write a daily gratitude list
Write down 5 things you are grateful for every day right before you go to sleep. (It is great to review it right when you wake up too to solidify in your subconscious that you are lucky to have what you CURRENTLY have in your life)
Get a mentor
Everybody who has gotten anywhere in an acting career (or in life in general) has had some help at some point. I would also recommend being a mentor to another actor who might be newer to the biz than you are.
Laugh for 30 seconds straight for no good reason at all
No…seriously. This one is so easy that most people reading this won’t do it. But please …just do it. This is guaranteed to provide a happy shift change automatically.
Plain and simple
Create something brand new in your career
Sometimes it becomes our job to inspire ourselves! Get out there and write a script, shoot an audition scene on your phone, get a group of friends together, produce a short, etc…
Send out 5 nice emails or post to friends
Sending out good vibes to the world comes right back to you like a happy boomerang.
Put positive stuff in your brain …EVERY DAY
With so much negativity in the world and in an industry where artists often feel like they are being “rejected”, it is very important to have your “HAPPY ARMOR”. Listen to happy music, take free acting classes on line, listen to self-help CDs in your car, read inspirational books and articles, watch great movies, etc…
Heck… nowadays, all you have to do is just Google “Inspiration” and you will have an endless stream of positive messages. So make sure you search them out so the negative messages don’t have a chance to seep in.
These are just a few ways to stay inspired when your career is having a lull. Please create your own too! Find ways to stay inspired and find ways to inspire others. That is after all…one of the reasons we became actors in the first place!
© 2013 Kari Nissena
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