BY MELODI ERDOGAN
Set Realistic, Attainable Goals
This business is incredibly competitive and cutthroat. As to focus on your talent and not the competition, set realistic goals for the year that you know you can strive towards. If you're dying to audition for a specific series, create a demo reel and/or headshots to the style of that show. Desperate to get one-on-one time with a Casting Director? Follow them on social media and catch them at their next public event.
Becoming a series regular or lead in a film would be great, but don't set yourself up to fail. Focus on what you can actually do yourself to expand your opportunities and forward your career. Your team (agents, friends, taping studio, teachers) will all use that to help push you forward.
Focus On Your Goal
--Write it out, meditate on it, think of it often.
But don't get too specific since that can put you at a dead end. Let your overall career goal for 2019 be something like, "to get paid to act," or perhaps, "book a network gig," or even, "audition for everything." Save a few exceptions, stick to your goal. If you're an actor who wants to pursue acting full-time (and not just fame and fortune), these examples are key to staying focused.