I don’t know about you, but I always love the start of the New Year. I look at it as a fresh start, a chance to create my goals again, newly and with renewed determination. No matter what happened last year, good or not so good, I can decide for myself what I want to have in the New Year.

We have a phrase we throw around, “making New Years resolutions.” A New Year’s resolution is a tradition in which a person resolves to change some undesired trait or behavior, so that they can accomplish a personal goal or improve their life in some way. The word “resolution” means a firm decision to do or not do something.

Where did this tradition come from? It is thought the ancient Babylonians were the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago.

In ancient Rome, after Julius Caesar changed the calendar and decided January 1 was the beginning of the New Year, circa 46 B.C. January was named for Janus, the two-faced god; Janus symbolically looked backward into the previous year and also ahead, into the future,

The past is gone! It’s time to create a new future!

Here are a few tips for creating a successful New Year!

1) What do you want to accomplish?

As a first step, decide what your personal goals are for your career in the new year. Commercials? How many? TV shows you want to book? What type of roles? Who do you want to work with? How do you want to improve as an actor? Consider these, or anything else you wish to accomplish in your career.

Now, lets look at what might be standing in your way, any unwanted traits or behaviors that you want to change this year:

2) Are you a negative Nancy or Nick?

Don’t look back at your last audition or that job you didn’t book, rather look ahead at what you want to create in your next role, or in your career. Kicking yourself for what you did wrong or could have done but didn’t won’t help you. Deciding how to do it better next time will. Focus on moving forward into that next audition, that next character you will create, and don’t let negativity pull you down. As actors this is a good rule to follow, not just for New Year’s but every day!

Get rid of the negative!

Afraid to make a noise?

3) You need to be heard!

Make a list of shows, Directors, Casting Directors etc. that you would like to meet or work with, and the shows you want to be on. Write to them and let them know who you are. Email, Facebook, tweet, DM or even snail mail them. Social Media is just that– social! Get to know some of the people you admire and learn about what they are doing. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people. They may be looking for you and don’t know where to find you.

Do you put things off for later?

4) Do it now!

If you don’t someone else will, and they will be there to get the job. Send those postcards, write those letters, do your research and audition prep to be totally prepared. Work on being a better actor now, not later. Don’t put it off. Start in a class that feeds your inspiration! Seize the moment!

All of these things add up to being prepared and feeling confident in your work. Put the past behind you and create the future you want by getting into action on your goals. Make this your best year yet!

The Acting Center helps actors to gain control over their work, teaching them to rely on their own instincts, imagination and choices. Our scene study and improv classes produce confident actors who bring an original voice to every production.

In fact, the most distinctive thing about an Acting Center student is how different each one is. We train actors to speak in their own artistic voice—producing characters that are rich and layered. They become the artist they always wanted to be.

Theater, television and film are all collaborative mediums, so an actor must work well with other actors, directors, casting directors and many more. Our technique trains them to do just that! That’s why directors love to work with Acting Center students.