1. Go Skinny Dipping
Ok, so yes, that was intentionally mean to be provocative. Skinny dipping is glorious fun. (Not that I've done it). I urge you this summer to take some risks. What could you do to surprise yourself this summer? Maybe its dancing in the pouring rain. Maybe its rolling down a grassy hill, singing in public, howling at the moon. Spend time with yourself and figure out what tickles your fancy. Indulge in some impulsive, risky behavior. Remember when you were 12 and every summer was incredibly life-changing- filled with new experiences? There is no reason that should stop! You are an artist, experiencing new things is your job. So stay safe but act on an impulse or 2. Give them something to talk about.
You have heard it a thousand times, its not what you know but who you know. So who do you know? As many fabulous people as you already do know, there is always room for some more entries in your phone. Meeting new people is good for your soul and for your career. So talk to some people who are more successful than you, cooler than you and in better shape. Remember you become who you spend the most time with. Don't be shy, other people are just as scared of new people as you are. Remember, a stranger is just a friend you haven't met. Thank you, Sesame Street.
3. Put something on YouTube
Anything. As long as its good. Get feedback from someone you trust before you post. Film a monologue, write a short film, a pilot for a web series, a vlog, anything. Be creative and show yourself off. I've been told casting directors in LA and NYC constantly scour the internet looking for new talent and they are always looking for the next big thing. It will also give you something to show people when they ask for a sample of your work. So especially when auditions slow down, you need a way to keep working and keep up your chops. We live in an age where anyone can make a film on a nothing budget. Take advantage of that.
4. Take classes, learn a new technique.
Summer is a perfect time to learn a new technique. If you are looking for a little kick to take your acting to the next level, to become more truthful and really stand out in a crowd, the Meisner technique may be for you. You will gain an intimate knowledge of yourself and instrument and learn to express your unique attributes truthfully. If not, there are many options out there for classes. The point is you should be learning and working- being in class will keep you sharp and get you ready for September.
Beginner classes, Audition technique and teen classes all beginning in June.