If you’ve seen it on Instagram- this week’s challenge is a big one! And it’s all about self-tapes. We all have peaks and valleys when it comes to the number of auditions we get per week. That number will ebb and flow based on a number of variables including the time of year, the market you’re in, your typecast, your agent, and so on. It’s entirely out of our control. What is in our control is maintaining our audition skills.
So if you’re having a slow audition week – how are you keeping your skills greased up and ready to go? This week’s challenge is about doing just that. I challenge you guys to do 3 mock self-tapes this week. If that number seems too much or too little for you, pick a number that seems like a good goal for you. Pick three different sides featuring characters in your typecasts, and ideally from projects that shoot in your market. Treat these like real auditions! Keep those muscles warm, people!
There is no excuse for not being ready when the real auditions arrive. You train like you fight, and you fight like you train. As always, feel free to let me know how this week’s challenge is going for you! Tag us on Instagram with a screengrab of your mock self-tapes for a chance to be featured! You can connect @itsaslateofmind or @alison_haselden.
Self-Care Tips for Actors
Now! On to this week’s episode! Our guest this week is the incredibly smart, talented, badass Hannah Pniewski. Hannah wears a lot of hats including actor, director, producer, and so many more. You may have seen Hannah in projects like Ozark and The Resident, and soon in Mr. Mercedes, and Gemini Man starring Will Smith. Hannah and I had such a fun time creating this episode that we ended up talking for almost two hours after we stopped recording! She is one of the coolest people I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know this year and is a shining example of what a strong woman in film looks like. Today’s conversation covers all things self-care- but specifically for actors looking to ensure they are fueled, rested and ready to take on a lifelong career. We bust self-care myths, share our favorite ways to practice self-care, talk budgeting and financial self-care, social media, traveling, and so much more.
Marketing has grabbed onto the phrase, “self-care” and warped our mentality on it. But it can be whatever you need. Self-care can look different for each person, each day of the week. For Hannah and I we define it as seeking balance while constantly working.
Being well-rested, looking energized and not exhausted is part of being well-prepared for auditions. Unless you’re going out for a role on the Walking Dead, we don’t want to look like zombies. I encourage you all to make a self-care appointment with yourself. Write it down on paper or in your Google calendar to make sure you follow through
“The primary part of self-care is “self”. Do what truly is restorative to you, not what you think you need to do.”Hannah Pniewski
Self-care is SO important in this industry. I encourage you all to take the time to discover a self-care plan that truly works for you and honor your commitment to yourself to stick to it! I think many of us are so quick to be kind to others while putting our own needs and wants on the back burner. Blocking off space and time for your own care isn’t selfish, in fact, it helps ensure that you can continue to show up in the world with your best foot forward and share that light inside of you. You are worthy of love and kindness, and you are worthy of self-care.
A few of our favorite self-care activities:
- Hiking / walking with a friend
- Exercise class
- Spa treatment – massage, nails, hair, facial, etc.
- Saying NO
- Maintaining healthy finances
- Trying a new recipe
- Weekend getaway
- Taking a relaxing bath
- Calling a family member or friend
Identifying and accounting for your mind and body’s relationship with alcohol, social media/emails, social gatherings, and more is an important part of knowing what the right plan is for you. When you’re aware of how you respond to extremes of each of those things, you can better schedule your self-care.
That’s all for today, folks. Be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode of the show, and share this episode with a friend who could use it! I look forward to connecting with you guys over on Instagram about the weekly challenge, this episode, or anything else you want to chat about @itsaslateofmind or @alison_haselden. See you next week!