Monday Motivation – Best Coaching Tips for Actors: How to Deal with Holiday Stress

As your acting coach, I give you permission to say ‘NO’ this holiday season. Do you feel relieved? Were you waiting for someone to let you off the hook? What is often referred to as “the most wonderful time of the year” can also be the most dreaded. Between family, work, friends, expenses, relationships and food, it can feel like you are melting in a pressure cooker rather than basking in the joy of the New Year or doing what you really want to be doing: working on getting cast. By learning to say NO and setting limits we can eliminate feeling overwhelmed come Christmas and New Year’s. Staying on track with your own personal and acting goals rather than giving in to others and temptations will leave you feeling stronger than ever! For today’s Monday Motivation, learn to say ‘NO’ to the following three things and find yourself truly enjoying the acting life you want during the holidays.

Tip 1. Say NO to Overeating

Trust me, you won’t hurt your mothers feelings if you don’t have a second slice of her famous pie. I can also guarantee that the third glass of wine won’t stop the questions about what you’re doing with your life from coming. Keep in mind that your health as well as appearance are paramount in the world of acting. Remind yourself how hard you have worked and that indulging will only add to your stress later. Your family and friends will respect your willpower! They may even be motivated by your healthy habits.

Tip 2. Say NO to Overspending

Sticking to a budget when you want to keep up with the Joneses is always tough. However, here’s some food for thought; wouldn’t your loved ones be happier that you keep up with your ClaimFame casting calls and auditions, or splurge on a life changing acting class with the money you have been saving? There is no need to buy an avalanche of gifts for others when you could give something homemade, start a gift exchange, or offer to help with an upcoming project. The sentiment will not be lost on anyone and you will start 2015 more financially secure.

Tip 3. Say No to Over-Scheduling

‘Tis the season of parties, shopping, cleaning, baking and entertaining. While all these activities can be fun, don’t skimp on your commitment to becoming a successful performer. Acting needs and deserves your time. Set limits on the amount of activities you participate in and don’t be afraid to turn down an invitation. What if you missed out on applying to a rush casting call because you were at your third white elephant of the year? Prioritizing is crucial to keeping your stress in check!

Find relief now by saying ‘NO’ to others and ‘YES’ to yourself. As long as you do so with grace, you won’t be letting anyone down, and I bet you’ll even be in a better spot for your 2015 New Year’s Resolution. Enjoy and celebrate number 1! I am here cheering on all of your success.

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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