It's almost that time of year again - that long stretch of time from Thanksgiving to the two week industry holiday break. That time when everyone is dreaming of tropical vacations, and projects seem to dwindle. While all industry professionals feel this change of pace, I think actors may feel it the most. Without auditions coming through, it's easy to wallow, focus on the negative, or become antsy about your career. Hours in the day become harder and harder to fill. I understand! Often, our shows have wrapped too. The worry that work will not come again is a tough pill to swallow.
Here's the good news - the work will come again. The auditions will come pouring back in. Pilot season hits us every year with an unexpected force. So many projects will be fighting for actors at the exact same time. February will be here before we know it, and soon we'll be wishing for these days of calm and quiet (and self-doubt).
However, what if instead of "slow time," we start to view these last few months of the year as "pilot season prep time"? Once pilot season is upon us, there will barely be time to think let alone start a new workout plan, find a new teacher, or try a new class.
I may sound like a broken record, but it's time to redirect your energy into positive and productive work. If the auditions are not flying through the door, it's a sign you need to fill that time with something else.
Think about your strengths and weaknesses. Are you someone who is bogged down by stress when tons of auditions come in? Well, now is a fantastic time to learn stress management skills. Bonus - Praniyama breathing and meditation are perfect tools for managing nerves in the waiting room.
Are you un-represented going into pilot season? Now is the time to put the entire force of your energy into finding an agent or manager.
Are you a fantastic dramatic actor who is nervous about the multi-cam onslaught come pilot season? Now is the time to start an improv class!
If you are new to Los Angeles, or this is your first real pilot season, take this time to educate yourself about the process. Smart and informed actors always have a leg up.
Try a new class, self submit, or find a coach. Now is not the time to become complacent and accept the slow-down.