One thing all actors should ask for this holiday season is a subscription to an online streaming service (Netflix, Amazon, etc.).
This is a golden age of television! Far too many actors who say they’re serious about wanting to launch a career in this industry, do not watch television, and they’re missing a major opportunity to familiarize and immerse themselves in the business they claim they want to be a part of. It’s like saying you want to be a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, yet you’ve never listened to Bach’s Cello Suites. (Yo Yo Ma’s version is simply sublime.) Being intimately familiar with what’s on TV (and in the theaters) is imperative to scouting out the directors, writers, and producers you want to work with and build relationships with.
And while you’re at it, I would advise every actor to do something kind for yourself. Many people eat, breathe, and sleep acting. Put it down for a second and get a massage. Take care of yourself and relax!
This article was originally posted on Backstage