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October 19, 2010

Acting School Monthly Newsletter - Issue #021 - October 19th, 2010

Getting Motivated for Success


Here's the news from Acting School Stop, your one stop on the road to an acting career!

In this issue... How to take your acting career to the next level by simply working on motivation, drive, and goal setting, an often overlooked but important ingredient to success.

1) Article of the Month - The Second Best Thing You Can Do For your Acting Career

The first most important thing one can do to become a successful actor is to go to acting school and study acting. But that's just the beginning. Then you have to look for an agent, audition relentlessly, meet casting directors, network, etc. This all takes a lot of energy and dedication. As time goes by, even the most committed artists can lose their drive. If you feel like you're stuck in your career or just not going anywhere, get remotivated. Really, except for studying, it's the best thing you can do for your acting career.

Think about it. Actors have to deal with daily rejection. No matter how positive you are, you need a way to resource on a daily basis so you can be that actor that nothing can beat down and really won't stop until they make it.

If you're serious about acting, you probably take a regular acting class to keep working on your craft. If you want to stay healthy, you hit the gym or exercise regularly. The same goes for positive thinking. It's something you got to work on regularly if you really want it to take and be there when you need it (like for a big audition!) The great thing about motivation is it's infectious. If you have drive and focus throughout your day, people are drawn to you, casting directors notice and remember you, basically you make an impression because… well, you shine with positive energy.

So how do you work on your motivation? Everybody's different. Try different things and find out what makes you shine. Below are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Creative visualization
    Creative visualization is a great thing to start and end your day with. Close your eyes and relax (you can use a relaxation exercise you learned in acting class). Create a picture in your mind's eye of what you want in your career. For example, you could imagine yourself acting on a Broadway stage if that's your dream. Create every detail. Imagine what you see, feel, taste, smell, etc. Don't force it. Let yourself daydream with your eyes closed. You can associate a motivational mantra with you mental image and repeat it to yourself throughout the day whenever negative thoughts enter your mind. Creative visualization works best when you do it at least twice a day for 10 minutes (morning and night before you go to bed for example). It is not meant to replace all the work you do to get acting jobs, but it will give you the positive energy you need to make the most out of everything you do for your career. To learn more, get a copy of Shakti Gawain's Book, "Creative Visualization"*
  • Create a vision board of your acting career goals
    Just buy a big piece of cardboard and a variety of magazines. Cut out pictures that represent your vision for the future (for example, if one of your goals as an actor is to move to Los Angeles, you could cut out and paste a picture of the Hollywood sign). You can draw and paint on your vision board or even attach small objects (a lucky coin, for example). Don't worry about it making sense to anyone else. Just follow your instinct. Put up your vision board in a place where you will see it every day so it will inspire you and help you visualize your goals. If you need money for acting class or headshots, write the amount you need on your board and put a jar next to it to save up.
  • Motivational speaking
    Sign up for motivational speaker workshops like The Millionaire Mind intensive. The millionaire Mind intensive is about financial success, but it will motivate you to be successful in all areas of life, especially your career, because you'll leave ready to take on any challenge, which is what you need in this business. Click here to register.*

Working on your motivation is the second most important thing you can do for your career after acting classes. Once you have the drive, contacting agents, auditioning, networking, and the million other things you have to do as an actor will become exciting and productive tasks. Just stay focused by setting regular career goals and you will soon find that you've reached them!

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2) What's new on

How to Study Acting With No Budget
The answer to this question talks about learning by doing, internships and community theater.

International Acting Schools
Want to study acting outside of the country? Here are a few first listings of international acting schools, including an MFA program in Italy.

Acting Auditions for Membership Theatres
If you find it hard to get your first stage credit, read the answer to this question about membership theaters.

Theater is Not My Thing
Can you still be an actor is you don't like performing on stage? Here's the answer for all aspiring film-only actors.

Acting Tips to Play Bad Guys
How to find something worth acting when you are cast as the antagonist in a play or movie.

3) A word of inspiration

"Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again." James R. Cook (1728 - 1779)

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Good luck with your acting career!

Alex Swenson

Acting School

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