As actors, it can often feel like we have basically no control over our careers, that our fates lie with the casting directors and producers of the projects we audition for.
Perhaps it is this uncertainty that makes many of us so prone to dig our claws into any aspect of our careers that we can control. Whether it’s planning out each beat of a scene, or going over every tiny detail of our reels, headshots, and resumes when submitting to agents, we can tend to go a little overboard. In episode 5 of the “It’s a Slate of Mind” podcast, my special guest Ashley Dougherty and I dive deep into the concept of control, why we should approach our auditions as a gift, and how important it is to stay connected to your ‘why’ in the entertainment industry. We also touch on how important it is to be well-rounded as an actor, to take time away from work, learn new skills and prioritize your social life. Surprising to some, these things actually make us better actors, writers, directors, and so on!
Is control something you struggle with in your acting career? What tips do you have for other actors currently dealing with these issues? Let me know!