When I was a kid, my Mom would never let me loaf around over spring break. Instead, she encouraged me to work on a project that I didn’t have time for during the school year. One year it was learning a new piano piece. Another year it was volunteering at my public library.
I didn’t love it at the time, but now as an adult, I realize how smart she was. And I still try to live by the same rules. Vacations are important, but so is taking the time to develop your own skills and talents in a way that’s specific to you.
If you’re young and still in school, it’s probably spring break around now. But even if you’re working, or a parent, or both, this is a great time of year to take a few days off and declare your own “spring break.” Here are three great ideas for how to use your free time to spring into action:
1. Make a Career Plan
When you’re working at being an actor, it’s really easy to get caught up in the sea of casting calls and auditions. But what’s the big plan? Sit down with a notebook and actually write down your goals … what’s your priority for this year? Getting an agent? Booking a certain type of role? Whatever it is, writing it down will force you to concentrate your efforts and make a timeline for specific steps you can take to focus and get there faster.
2. Play the Part
Let’s say you’ve worked on your plan and decided that you are ready to land a comedy role. Rather than thinking about it, just start doing it. Grab a friend and a camera (your phone will work just fine) and act out a famous comedy routine. You can also write your own … or just improvise. Doing this will both give you great experience and – if it’s any good – can give you great material to include in your video reel.
3. Go to the Movies
Wait, didn’t I just say that you should do something productive during spring break? That’s right: if you’re an actor one of the most valuable things you can do is to observe the craft of other actors you admire. Don’t just watch their movies … observe their performance. Think of some actors you’d like to emulate, either because of their personality, their type, or their look. And now, with so much streaming video, you don’t even need to leave your couch to “go to the movies.”
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