There have been some questions regarding scheduling--how do I give myself a routine right out of school or, I don't know, in the middle of a pandemic??
Something that I'm seeing a lot of people struggle with is something that actors are constantly having to navigate--self motivation in terms of being proactive and diligent with goals and systems. I'll be doing a bigger post on the difference between goals and systems (just in case you had a whaaaat moment), but here is what a daily schedule looks like for me.
Keep in mind: this is just ONE version of my schedule. It changes constantly.
Notice: I have scheduled pretty much every moment of my day. I do this because if I don't, I find myself at the end of the day going, Man, where did time go? It went to the two hours I spent on the couch watching Too Hot to Handle on Netflix. Hey, it happens. So, I schedule my time to make sure this doesn't happen.
Also: You'll see that I have witness prep outlined in my schedule. This is a coaching job I've taken on where I'm utilizing acting techniques in coaching witnesses for depositions. Chances are that you don't have witness prep haha, so feel free to fill this time with whatever you'd like (or hey, sleep in!)
Speaking of sleeping in: If I don't have something in the morning, I will fritter the early hours away snoozing. I am not a morning person. GAH! How I wish I was! So, to help me with this, I have set up a structure that ensures I get up early. What is this structure, you ask? I schedule my coaching clients or witness preps early in the day. I know myself, and the only way I will get out of bed is for someone else. I won't do it for myself. This is a part of Gretchen Rubin's Four Tendencies. I'll be doing a longer post on this as well, because I find this concept really fascinating. So, know yourself--if you are someone who needs outer accountability in order to show up for yourself, structure your day so that you get that accountability. Huzzah!
One example of a "Day in the Life.":
6:30 Wake up; brush teeth, wash face; walk puppers; make coffee
7:00-11:00 Witness Prep
11:00-11:30 Meditate, gratitude journal, write three pages
1:00-1:30 Update blog/sketch out idea/let lunch digest
1:30-4:30 Work on something acting related--read a play, break down a script, memorize lines, work with coach, industry research
4:30-5:30 HIIT class
9:00-10:30 Get ready for bed/read in bed for at least 30 minutes
The ACTIVE ACTOR
You are probably wondering this blog is about. Well, it's about anything that everything that I find inspiring, helpful, and curiosity building.
Curiosity is my favorite state of being, and I've become a treasure hunter and a trash hoarder, collecting all sorts of articles, artwork, and accessories that fuel my inspiration and creativity.
This will also be a place for me to document my life as an actor and coach in Los Angeles. If performing is your passion, I hope that this blog becomes a place for you to learn from my mistakes, grow from my accomplishments, laugh at my witless choices, and share in this crazy, unpredictable, beautiful, life in the arts.