I am the type of person who has to be busy. I have to be working on something at all times. Feeling stagnant in my career is basically my worst nightmare. So in between waiting for the phone to ring I had to do something. I'm not sure how much actual difference it makes, but it does so much for my mental space for me to feel like I am at least WORKING on something.
1. Audit An Acting Class
Even if you love the class you are in now, you should know what's out there, the different teachers and their styles and what they are known for. I currently love my studio, but I am looking around at others because I don't want to get too comfortable or stale. I stayed at my last studio for too long and while the work was always challenging, I didn't feel like I was growing the way I had been when I first started there. I got too comfortable. And after I realized that I took a little bit of time off then started looking around at other studios - where had my more successful friends studied? Once I figured that out, I audited those classes and then picked one. I am going to a lecture at a new studio tomorrow just because. It's a studio I have heard a lot of good things about and I'd like to know more. Even if the audit is dumb or boring, you can check that studio off of your list.
2. Build Your Internet Presence
I am slowly coming to the conclusion that my delusions of being famous on Instagram might never happen. I'm kidding. But truly, I see the girls in LA, who have these amazing lives on Instagram and they get cool shit for it! And we all know that social media has a card in the "who gets cast" game at the bottom level. So where are your numbers? Are they rocking and your brand is totally on point? Are you're getting tons of impressions and interactions as well as putting out consistent, great content? Then skip this section! But for the 99.9% of us regular peasants, this is something we have to work on. I started a podcast last year called Hollywoodland: Unsolved. (Think Nancy Drew grew up, moved to Old Hollywood and started a podcast). And while the show doesn't translate into Instagram followers - I do have over 21k plays on just SoundCloud alone. When casting directors ask what I can bring to the table - that is always near the top of the list.
3. Know What Your Brand Is (and run with it)
I want to play a cop. Basically, I wan to be Mariska Hargitay. But alas, I have about 5 years until anyone will take me seriously as a cop on TV. So what do I do about that now? Well, I recently learned that I don't know how to hold a gun and holding a gun is pivotal to being a cop (duh). I also realize that while I look too young right now, I also don't have the physical strength to play a cop/detective. Nothing bugs me more than watching frail women play these badass roles - specifically Johannan Braddy on Quantico - because that's not realistic nor is that healthy. Now, I'm not trying to be a total beefcake, but I am working on my endurance. So what's your dream role? What do you want to play? What do you enjoy? Gal Gadot did a photoshoot as Wonder Woman SIX years before she got the job.... just saying.
4. Work On Loving Yourself
I am reading You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero and it's changing my life. She ends every chapter with "Love Yourself" and a reason that applies to what that chapter covered. We all know confidence is key and loving yourself is the basis for confidence (true and genuine confidence). Recently I was in an acting class where the teacher made a killer point about confidence in relation to your acting career. "If you're worried about whether you should sit or stand, then you do not have the confidence for them to put a pilot on your shoulders. Own your shit. If you want to sit, sit. If you want to stand, stand. And never apologize for offering up your headshot in an audition." PREACH!!! You are a beautiful, creative being. Own your choices. There is only one of you that can tell the story like you do. You are special. So put in the work and act like it!
Oh hey there
Thank you for stopping by. My name is Ansley and I am a creative being. With not much to show for it. Feel the same?! Welcome! For all of you artists out there who are just hanging in there - this is for you!