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August 2022: 31 Activities for Every Day This Month


Get ready for “a gust” of inspiration! See what I did there? Welcome back to your actor activities roundup, where we recommend everything from empowering exercises to the best events for each day of the month. As summer enters its final act, here are 31 activities you can do this August to get ready for the fall hustle and partake in some good old-fashioned summer fun.

Advice & Inspiration:

1. Summer’s all about fun, right? So take a break from studying and celebrate these 28 hilarious TV/film moments that actors improvised in Stranger Things, Schitt’s Creek and more!

2. Join the SAG-AFTRA President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach & Engagement for a Commercials 101: Auditions and Casting panel.

3. iCarly and Sam & Cat teen star Jennette McCurdy releases her heartbreaking and hilarious memoir I’m Glad My Mom Died on August 9. She dives deep into her struggles as a former child actor and more.

4. From onstage mishaps to working with legends like Christine Baranski, Claybourne Elder (Broadway’s Company/ HBO Max’s The Gilded Age) shares a host of amazing stories and advice on The Art of Kindness podcast live from BroadwayCon.

5. If you’re in need of an easy refresher for “acting natural,” check out Makayla Lysiak’s tutorial on How to Act Realistically.

6. Casting Director and VP of Casting in NY for CBS Television Studios Rob Decina released the second edition of his helpful book The Art of Auditioning this year. Lounge by the pool as you discover the difference between the craft of acting and the business of auditioning, and how those two intersect in television.

7. Our Instagram recommendation of the month is @the_theatre_lovers. Get ready to fall in love with real-life couple Will and Rach as they radiate original theatre content that’s sure to brighten your feed.

8. Step your craft into the sun with these 5 ways to practice acting outdoors!

9. Don’t wait – create! Contemplate the power of creating your own projects here.

10. Check out how to use social media to your advantage with this how to for using social media to help your acting career!

What to watch:

11. Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock? Count us in! Bullet Train chugs into theaters on August 5, promising lots of thrills.

12. Third time’s the charm! Head back to Keyhouse for one last time as the final season of Locke & Key hits Netflix on August 9, starring recent awards shows darling Emilia Jones.

13. Never have I ever… missed an episode of Never Have I Ever! The hit Mindy Kaling-powered comedy is back for a third installment, giving viewers the penultimate chapter in Devi’s coming-of-age journey.

14. 13: The Musical dances onto Netflix August 12 (though it seems like a missed opportunity not to release it on the 13th), bringing the iconic Broadway show to the wonderful world of streaming.

15. If you’ve ever dreamed of a Freaky Friday-esque story starring Diane Keaton, you’re in luck! Mack & Rita hits theaters on August 12, promising to be a feel-good summer watch.

16. Comedian Chris Estrada created an original series based on his life called This Fool that will hit Hulu on August 12.

17. The August 12 magic continues with A League of Their Own, a series inspired by the classic 1992 Penny Marshall film, heading to Amazon Prime.

18. Game of Thrones can relish in the highly-anticipated premiere of the prequel series House of the Dragon, which is set 200 years prior to the original series.

Wellness Activities:

19. One of the best things you can do for your mental health is to reach out to others. Form your artistic community by following these tips!

20. August 15th is National Relaxation Day, so slow down and do something that makes you feel at peace. Suggestion: try this performance meditation, designed to relax actors ahead of showtime.

21. Drew Barrymore reminds us all to take wellness one week at a time in the powerful post.

22. With heat waves on the rise, it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated – especially energetic performers. See all the latest tips from Health.com.

23. Surf’s up! In this anxiety-inducing business, new research from Psychology Today suggests that we should be riding the wave of anxiety rather than suppressing it.

24. If you still need to get a handle on your anxiety, try out the 333 Rule!

25. Did you know Upworthy has a weekly roundup designed to induce smiles? It’s important to feed your brain joyful content all year long. Pro tip: after a stressful audition or class, shake it off immediately by reading this list!

Live/ Virtual Events:

26. Contrary to belief, Dear Evan Hansen isn’t running on Broadway forever. The curtain will drop on the Tony-winning musical September 18, giving you limited time to attend!

27. The 60th anniversary season of The Public Theatre’s beloved free Shakespeare in the Park series bows out with a newly adapted production of As You Like It.

28. Cap off the month with a fun and trendy watch as the best music videos are honored at MTV’s VMAs on August 28.

29. Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, a jukebox musical about the life and career of the icon, ends its run on August 14 so get rollin’ to the box office!

30. The 79th Venice International Film Festival kicks off on August 31 and runs through September 10. While we can’t all jet overseas, it’s fun to keep an eye on the new films being celebrated at what’s considered to be an awards show launchpad.

31. Adapting a movie into a musical – groundbreaking. The Devil Wears Prada: The Musical struts into an out of town tryout in Chicago through August 21. That’s all.

Robert Peterpaul is a writer, podcaster and performer, who can be seen in films like IFC's “King Cobra,” T-Mobile ad campaigns, and TV shows like CBS' “BULL.” He currently hosts the hit podcast The Art of Kindness with the Broadway Podcast Network. Other writing and hosting highlights include: NBC’s “Access Hollywood” and “America’s Got Talent,” “BUILD Series,” the Huffington Post and serving as the Weekend Editor for HOLA!/ HELLO! USA for six years. He also co-founded his family’s nonprofit the Thomas Peterpaul Foundation, which aims to end pediatric cancer. Robert has studied at the Barrow Group, Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, UCB and earned a B.A. from Marist College. Thank you for reading and keep following your bliss! www.robertpeterpaul.com