Inspiring Yet Practical Advice to Kick Off the New Year

January 5, 2014

 

 

Well, 2013 is in the books. It’s history. Old news. All said and done. So what did you accomplish? Did you take the advice I gave in the past to try something new for a 30-day period of time? Think of it: if you had, you might be fencing like Errol Flynn, or you could be dominating at beach volleyball (or at least well enough to enjoy yourself and get a tan), or you could speak enough Portuguese to travel efficiently, or you might have learned to tango, or have authored a book–or even all of the above!

All of the credit for this simple yet brilliant idea goes to Google’s Matt Cutts who suggested we follow his lead and try something new for 30 days each month of the year in his three-minute, inspiring yet practical Ted Talk. That could mean adding a new activity that you believe would enrich your life (like learning to play a few songs on the guitar); or, it could mean excluding a specific behavior that you feel holds you back in certain ways (like drinking caffeine or playing too many video games). When Cutts found himself in a rut, he decided to take a high-quality photo each day, bike to work, author a book, and omit sugar, to name a few examples for 30-day periods of time. What he found was that his time became “much more memorable,” his self-confidence grew, he felt more adventurous overall, and he realized if you want something badly enough, you can do anything for 30 days.

Now, while Cutts’ talk is a couple years old, it’s certainly worth revisiting. Because, after all, if his words inspired you to make positive changes in your life, then that is fantastic: you’ve probably made all sorts of personal strides that you will own for the rest of your life! On the other hand, if you opted to ignore his words, returning to his idea now and reconsidering its merit might be that eureka moment you need just about now. After all, as Matt says, “I guarantee you the next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not.”

So why not think of something you’ve always wanted to try, and give it a whirl for the next 30 days? Consider what would enrich your acting career: Maybe do something to reach out to your network every day for 30 days? Take an improv class? Improve your technological skills to make the most of your reel footage? Take up rollerblading? It’s completely up to you, and the skies the limit! It’s your dream; live it to the fullest!

Beef Up Your Resume This Year

January 1, 2012

Happy New Year from Casting Frontier!

Now that the holiday feasting is over, and we’re all thinking of New Year’s resolutions, we hope 2012 will open many doors in your acting career, and bring about many auditions, bookings, and surprises.

Speaking of surprises, I’ll bet you can recall many times you were struck by actors who suddenly displayed a certain skill much like the proverbial magician pulling a rabbit out a hat. When X-Men’s Hugh Jackman started to sing and dance at the Oscars, when Natalie Portman gave an interview in Hebrew, and when Meryl Streep sang in Mama Mia, we were forced to reevaluate our perceptions of these individuals.

You, as well, are full of potential to cultivate your abilities to benefit yourself both as an actor and as a person. Is there something you’ve always wanted to do, but for one reason or another, haven’t gotten around to it? Have you always wanted to learn to tap dance, play tennis, or learn Spanish but it seemed like such a daunting task you gave up before you ever began? Well, consider the advice of Google’s Matt Cutts, who encourages us all to try something new for 30 days. When you make small, sustainable changes, you can get yourself out of a rut, feel your confidence grow, beef up your resume, and for the rest of your life, claim the victory of having learned that skill or accomplished that goal.

Click here to watch Matt Cutts’ inspirational 6-minute talk which is a sure-fire way to start your new year off right–and increase your chances of being cast in roles requiring specific skills!