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Monday Motivation: 3 Acting Career Tips to Help You Stay on Top of Your Game this Holiday Season

I don’t know about you, but work in my office has started to slow as the holidays approach. I see people starting to take time off, and a there’s a general sense that any new business can wait until 2015. Instead of giving into the lull, I’ve decided to make the most of my time by updating my materials and getting a head-start on a kick-ass new year. This Monday Motivation is all about getting ahead…and at ClaimFame we love a proactive actor!  Here are three acting tips to increase your chances of getting cast now while others are taking it easy.

Tip 1. Your Acting Resume

With some extra quiet time during the season, I have had the opportunity to go through my resume with a fine tooth comb to find areas that need improvement. Like any resume polishing, acting resume improvement starts with better word selection. For mine, I added action words and cleaned up sentences to be more direct.  For yours, be creative when describing the parts you’ve done while being as brief as possible. Remember, time is money and you want the casting director who is reading your resume to get the point ASAP. I also took this time to add any recent work or additional training I’ve done that need to be showcased. A resume is a way for you to show off your skills, experience, and versatility as an actor. Don’t be shy about your accomplishments, however small or insignificant you think it is. This is your time to brag.

Tip 2. Your Acting Headshots

A New Year deserves a new you! Use your downtime and hopefully a little holiday cash to get new headshots taken. I guarantee that a great picture is one of the best ways to get noticed by casting directors. People want to hire professionals and serious individuals. A polished headshot is a sure way to say “Hey, I’m a professional actor.” As I mentioned, this is often a slow season. Photographers may be running specials to boost business and you could get a great deal on beautiful photos to send out come January 1, 2015!  For some examples of some stellar headshots, check out ClaimFame Pros, Maura Grady or Lachon Nichols.

Tip 3. Clean Up Your Acting Life

I have been dedicating one hour a day to getting myself organized for a happy and healthy new year. This could mean updating my address book and researching new contacts that I can reach out to for potential business opportunities. I already have an impressive mailing list to send my new headshot and resume to come 2015. Do you have a list of contacts in the industry? I know this can be tedious and sometimes boring, but getting cast is a numbers game and you have to send, send, send your materials to the right people. Start your list with one person you know who also works in an area related to the acting industry. Don’t have a person to start that list? Do an internet search for casting directors, producers, theatre organizers, etc. in your area, and make sure they know about your work in the new year.

Take advantage of this time and show the world that you are a hard worker! I know you will feel accomplished and prepared to take on what I am sure will be a very happy 2015. Send me your resume and headshot for coaching feedback at coaching@claimfame.com. I can’t wait to hear from you.

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Mason O’Brien is ClaimFame’s professional Casting Coach. Mason has worked in casting for years and is also the owner and operator of Bluprint Coaching, a life coaching service based out of Los Angeles. Mason, “The Practical Coach”, works one-on-one with clients during periods of transition to design the next and best phase of their life!

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