Monday, March 17, 2014

The Actor's Spring Break - not what you might expect

Spring break is upon us and every beach city and party town is about to be packed with young twenty-somethings acting wild and free.  Maybe you will be interested in something a little more...refined? 

The life of both the seasoned and aspiring actor can be exhausting and quite busy. From classes to auditions and the pressure that's built around them, it's easy to become overwhelmed and want to abandon ship.  

However, may I remind you, this is a passion of yours has been your dream.  You are working hard because you want to accomplish something great.  But, you my friend, are not a robot.  You are a human being with needs.  

So this spring break, take a day (or a week if you can) as a sort of sabbatical.  You have been working hard and it's time for you to rest so you don't burn out.  Creatives in general, can tend to over-create and neglect either connection time with themselves or with others.  It's especially vital, when your art becomes your trade, that you take extra special care of yourself.  Here are some ideas I'd like to share with you that I believe will help your life feel rich and full even within a busy career!

  • More Art.   What *else* do you like to do?  Yes, you like to act, we know that.  But what other forms of self expression feel enlivening to you?  Do you paint?  Play an instrument? Sing?  Sculpt?  Get out of your norm and get into another form of self expression. This way, you are can continue to create while also giving your day to day a break.
  • Be Still.  Discover what grounds you and embrace it.  Be it prayer, meditation, yoga, silence, soft music...  Allow the craziness to be set aside and just enjoy the peace of the moment. 
  • Get Moving.  Go for a run.  Take a spinning class.  Go dancing even...  Do some body movement that's new for you and see how you feel!  
  • Enjoy.  Whatever that means to you.  Getting a massage or just a nap in the park. Depending on the weather, your budget and preferences, you can get really creative here! Figure out what's relaxing to you and stop making excuse - do it... you are more than worth it!

Acting can be an incredible career but also takes a lot out of you.   Here at the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we want to do whatever we can to support you.  Stop on by and let us know how we can help! 

by:  Navae Fiona

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