Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Snarky Social Media Posts Are Bad PR for Actors
An actor said not flattering things about a show on twitter, and many people got very upset about it. It was a PR mistake.
Theatre practitioners often refrain from discussing one another's work negatively in public, partly because they could end up working together in the future
(from The Guardian). I suggest it isn't just people who work in theatre, and all social media counts as talking in public (meaning Facebook, Twitter, and everything else).
Saturday, July 28, 2012
One Way to Succeed
One road to success is this:
- do the best job you can do with the resources you've got.
- trust that number 1 is enough. Learning to do this may be needed since it doesn't always come naturally.
While having more resources is nice, and long term very possible, it is not something that happens in the now very often. Work towards having the resources you'd like to have, but don't rely on that right now (ex: getting yourself in debt because you are depending on having more money later). I've mentioned knowing you are enough before. It is still a good idea, and true: you already are enough.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Teddy Roosevelt on Belief
Believe you can and you're halfway there.
- Theodore Roosevelt
Monday, July 16, 2012
Keeping the Faith
Keeping the faith in oneself and your career is not always easy, especially if you have not booked recently, are feeling financial pressures or are basically not pleased with how things are going. It likely takes more than one blog post to cover all the ways to try to maintain or resurrect optimism, but here are 2 thoughts:
- breathe - both literally and figuratively. I had a stage combat teacher who when faced with actors holding their breath while doing choreography would say "breathe, or die." it isn't just in combat rehearsals that there is temptation or habit to hold one's breath. Breathe. Many a bad decision has been made while the deciding person held their breath. Easy to avoid. Just breathe.
- Don't take life too seriously; no one gets out of it alive. Yes, things matter to you, and may even matter in a larger or even objective sense. But worry has never solved any problem, and most things are not as life or death as they feel. Hang in, be patient and keep at it.
Other ideas would include talking with and connecting to supportive (at least not undercutting) friends and family. Your support network can be a life saver. Do what you can to be happy now. Depression is serious and small things like a walk in a park can short term improve a mood (as does most exercise). Bigger things like changing how you earn money, and how much you earn, may be harder to do, but are also possibilities. Let me know your ideas in the comments. Good luck.