It’s easy to let your mind go into overdrive and become swamped in anxiousness as to when that next audition or acting job will come! Have a look below on how to keep working (and sane!) whilst staying in the industry.
Keep working on your craft!
So, you have the basic requirements down - a great headshot, a short but punchy showreel, and showing to be active on social media - now what to do? It’s important to remember to not go and work on jobs because you ‘have nothing better to do’ – there is always something you can be doing to expand your craft.
If the job looks unprofessional and something you do not really believe in, then use that time instead to take a class; read a new play; write and expand your network connections. One of the best ways to get involved is with students. Student films are happening ALL THE TIME. They’re one of the industry’s best-kept secrets, constantly casting, as well as being very open in the audition and typically allowing you a great deal of time to show off what you can do. Not many pay but usually cover travel expenses, as well as providing food on set. There's a lot of patience required at times with crew and director; but they’re developing – you were once starting out and are always learning! So go on the journey together. Most typically you will be able to get some great material for your showreel and if not, just remember that that filmmaker is just as hungry for success in the same line of work as you; they may well remember you for the next time they are casting. You never know where anyone will end up or how much he or she would be willing to pay next time.
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