The beginning of the new year is a popular time to wipe the slate clean, and replace old habits with new ones. Many use the flip of the calendar year to resolve to learn a new skill, or to take an old one more seriously. If you’re here, you likely are interested in continuing to grow as an actor. First of all, have you set a goal? Just as it’s important for your character to have an objective, you need an objective and to pursue it as aggressively as your character does.
Below, I offer several mini resolutions that will slowly, and in different ways, shape who you are as an actor. Adopt one, or adopt them all; consider what is most comfortable for you and then go one step beyond that.
- Serve on a backstage crew once this year.
- Write an encouraging note for each member of your cast to read on opening night.
- Attend a play once a month.
- Spend two hours in an art museum, and learn five things there.
- Audition for (and hopefully perform in) a Shakespearean play.
- Read one script each month.
- Watch an independent film.
- Add a new monologue to your repertoire.
- Use a new dialect or accent in a play.
- Write a one backstory for your character.
- If your character has an occupation, do your research by contacting a real-life professional in that field.
- Subscribe to a second acting blog (you’ve subscribed to this one, right?) and engage the community through the comments.
- Attend or participate in a live reading of an original work in progress.
- Attend or participate in a poetry slam.
- Attend an improv workshop or class.
How many of these can you accomplish this year? Do you have any more challenges to add to the list?