There will always be a time when the industry is slow and you are struggling to find things to do that will bring you closer to your goals. Without structure slow months can be frustrating. Good news! This doesn't mean that your career has to be put on hold. It's the perfect time to prepare yourself for when things pick up. Luck is when preparation and opportunity meet right? Prepare yourself for opportunity. Here are some ideas to motivate you to use your slow time constructively:
1. Commit to one networking event per week
This is a great time to be cultivating relationships with agents and casting directors. During the peak of pilot season the last thing on their minds is to find new talent. Establish a connection while they can focus on what you have to offer.
2. Put two audition scenes on tape by the end of the month
The more quality content you have available online the easier people can understand who you are and ultimately hire you.
3. Find three different scenes by the end of the week that fit your type
It is always great to have three fresh scenes readily available. You never know when a great networking event pops up or if someone asks to see something else. Find scenes that showcase what makes you uniquely you. That cater to your type. Keep it fresh and feed your inner artist. You know it's right when that little artist elf that lives inside your gut starts doing backflips.
4. Print business cards, postcards and comp cards
This is administrative work that takes time but needs to be done. Take the pressure of yourself when you have five auditions in one week and be prepared to follow up with people prior to meeting them. If you get called in to Warner Brothers and don't have any way to follow up with them because you can't get your postcards printed in time, you may miss an opportunity to establish a connection.
These are just a few ideas and there's no need to overwhelm yourself with all of them. Choose one, commit to it, see how it goes and if you feel like you can fit another in go for it. You are your own CEO of the company of YOU. Delegate what's important and execute accordingly.