How Much Time Do You Spend On Your Craft?
I have been focusing a lot lately on analysing and updating my goals and adjusting my daily routine to reflect the course of action required for me to reach them. I have been focusing my energy and prioritising things that have seemed to of been slipping in the balance of my life and where I have noticed bad habit forming.
My focus recently has been on making the move with Jojo [von Salmuth] to England and organising everything together with her in regards to where we will live, putting together a financial plan for the purchase of a new home in West London, registering ourselves as self-employed here, applying for Jojo’s National Insurance number (got the meeting later today) and so on and so forth.
I have also been focusing on my health and fitness goals which had slipped and needed refocusing and also increasing the effort I am investing into my personal education in the form of reading, listening to audio programs, doing online research. And finally my big focus has been on creating this blog as a form of self-reflection, self-cataloguing and self-accountability, creating and expanding the social media presence for The Global Acting Studio and creating daily content for our various platforms and keeping up to date with interactions with our followers. [TGAS: Facebook - twitter - Instagram]
What I have noticed is that although I think and talk a lot about my acting career and have recently starting working with Ömer [Akay] as my manager, and we are focusing massively on the long term big picture of things, I feel as though I have been slipping in terms of my day-to-day work on keeping myself sharp and working on specific skills and technique.
I preach the importance of creating good habits and having good routines. So to get myself back in the groove I am setting myself a new goal.
I am going to choose one scene or monologue per week which I will read, breakdown and analyse the beats, wants, obstacles, the moment before etc. and then at the end of the week I will film it either as a self-tape or with a friend as a short film/scene. The aim of this exercise will be to practice script analysis, character development, self-taping and audition techniques and working with a partner both with and without rehearsal times.
I will also share my on-going work and process, documenting my own development and sharing my techniques and methods of working, both for my own benefit and in the hope that anything I learn or know can perhaps inspire, motivate and help others who also wish to work on their craft.
I have set a goal of working a minimum of 30 minutes per day on this task.
How much time do you invest in yourself and your craft? If you are a musician, how much time do you spend practising and learning new scales? A writer, how many pages do you write per day and how much do you read? Singer: Vocals exercises and core workouts? Real Estate Investor: Looking at properties and getting to know your local area? Artist: Painting, sculpting learning new techniques from other artists?
What classes do you take, workshops and seminars do you attend? Do you have a mentor or a coach?
Share your routines and habits; I would love to learn from you. Send me a message or write in the comments.