- Be yourself. As an actor a lot of roles come and go and some of them never quite leave you. At the beginning of the year think about who you are first and what parts of yourself make you unique. During casting calls work this into your acting and let others get to know you for you.
- Stay fit. Actors need their bodies to be fit for roles they are assigned. Remember that most people will drop the ball on this but your acting career may depend on it. Not only will you need to stay fit for roles but a healthier lifestyle will reduce stress and make your life more manageable.
- Say yes more often. Sometimes we are given opportunities and turn them down due to lack of interest but at the beginning of this New Year try exploring different opportunities that may not seem desirable at first. You never know just quite what you may get out of an opportunity until you say yes.
- Work Harder. This year give yourself more time to rest and more time to study your craft, make sure you give 110% to everything you do so you can be proud of the end results. If you put more work into your career people will start to take notice and you will be happier with yourself.
- Create the perfect reel. Brand yourself with confidence and work on that reel until you feel it really portrays your strengths as an actor. Reels can make or break your casting debuts and that’s why hired professionals exist.
- Get representation. Actors work in tandem with agents and managers and that’s why it’s important to get some sort of representation on your side. If you don’t get signed right away simply set aside some time each day to apply to online auditions; you’ll be able to better understand just want an agent does when you do get one.
- Be helpful. A little kindness can go a long way. In a city like Los Angeles or New York you never know who knows whom. In the long run it may help you to be a little more helpful; give a donation, help someone move, or spend time volunteering. If it doesn’t benefit your career you’ll feel better for doing it.
- Make sacrifices. Know a want from a need. You need to know where your priorities lie or you can get overwhelmed. In the coming year make sure to save money and be prepared to make hard choices. Truly think about the impact your choices have and what they say about you and your future.
- Define your goals. Think about the long-term and short-term goals you want to accomplish. Think of what kinds of roles you want to play in the long-term and where you want your career to take you. Short-term goals should help be the stepping stones to those goals that might take a little extra time.
- Do it now! Nothing will help you if you never get started. The harsh reality is that we are not all rich and famous but taking these New Year’s Resolutions to heart will truly help make your year a successful and rewarding one. Focus on your career and the roles you want and start taking steps in the right direction.