By Melodi Erdogan

There's always room to grow when it comes to acting. No matter your experience, your resume, or your network. The bottom line is, you'll book gigs if you're talented. So continue to work on your craft, including in ways you haven't before. Try improv if you haven't already; register for an intense Meisner class. Step outside your comfort zone, and remember, even A-list actors still train. There's no end to learning and growing.

Remember It's Still Business

When you signed up to become an actor, you were probably mostly thinking about the awesome scripts, the acting choices, and all the juicy creative awesomeness that goes into the entertainment industry. But they don't call it show business for nothing.

As necessary, remind yourself throughout this year that you're the president of your own company. Make decisions and changes as you see fit. For example, if your taping studio submitted your audition to casting with the wrong specs, it might be smart to take your business elsewhere. And although it'll be hard to turn down a friend asking you to fill a role in a play, you make the decision if want to be there or be available for TV/film gigs. In many ways, you create your own destiny.

Practice Patience

All in all, an acting career is a marathon, not a sprint. Don't put unnecessary pressure on yourself because the desperation will reflect in everything you do. Follow these guidelines to truly expand on everything you can control in your career, this year and beyond. Results will follow!



There are a lot of great resources out there for actors. Be sure you are tapping into them and using them to your advantage. One of my favorites is called:

There is GREAT info here. In fact, you really want to be checking it every week or so. It gives the latest on network and cable shows and what their success is as well as predicting how episodics are doing and which ones are likely to be renewed or cancelled.

Now, not all of the information is important. You want to focus on projects being shot in the SE predominantly.

So FOX’s The Resident is doing really well. It is being said that it will likely be renewed by May 2019. This information is not only awesome for the SE in general, but it flags the show for you. If you stopped watching it, start up again. Be ready for it to come back next season and for you to book it!