5 Tips to Keep You Sharp During Slow Seasons

Whether auditions have slowed to a trickle, or the temptations of the holidays are making you drag your heels, “off seasons” can be brutal on both morale and income. Here are some tips to keep you sharp in the slow times.

1) Make Sure You’re Self-Submitting. It’s easy to kick back and wait for your agent to send you auditions, but that’s not exactly the job we signed on for. Ultimately, your career is your responsibility, so make sure you’re submitting yourself for projects regularly. Get creative! Sign up for a new breakdown service (I hear Cast It Talent is pretty rad). Submit to something out of state. Get yourself out of the rut.

2) Train. Now is a great time to attend to your training. Check out local acting studios and see if they have deals on classes. Audit a few. Take workshops with local agents and casting directors. (These make great holiday gifts if family members are asking). Maybe add to your special skills—take a weapons course, learn how to ride a horse or belly dance (Groupon!), study some new dialects. If you’re not booking now, you may as well make yourself a more desirable candidate for future gigs.

3) Keep Yourself Accountable. Friends are great for this part. Get some actor pals together and have scheduled submitting parties, swap plays, edit each others’ resumes. Work and rehearse and keep each other sharp. Competition and inspiration are powerful incentives.

4) Network. If you’re in a theatre town, go to opening nights. Find the various film communities on social media (trust me, they are there), and go to their social events, master classes, workshops. Make some friends and expand your artistic family.

5) Seek Inspiration. When things slow down, it’s important to keep reminding yourself why you chose this life. Surround yourself with whatever fires you up. Watch films staring your actor heroes, go to daring theatre, write a passion project with people you respect. Stamina comes from within, and it’s important to keep refueling.

Every actor will hit slow seasons here and there. They are not times of defeat. They are opportunities to build yourself up into the artist you want to be. Take advantage of this gift and refocus your career. You’ll be a step ahead of everyone else.

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Rachel Rachel Frawley is an actor living in Atlanta. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Michigan State University (with cognates in Music and Professional Writing) and is an Apprentice Company graduate from the Atlanta Shakespeare Co. She also works as an education artist for local theatres, which have included the Shakespeare Tavern and Aurora Theatre. For more information, visit her website at www.rachelfrawley.com

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