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31 Activities for Every Day in July

Sparkle like a firework! Welcome back to your actor activities roundup, friends. In this space, we recommend everything from empowering exercises to the best entertainment events for each day of the month, so you can fill your calendar with acting-related fun. From Independence Day celebrations to summer blockbusters, enjoy these 31 carefully curated activities that will fill your heart with joy and your days with seaside inspiration this July.

Advice & Inspiration

1. Lock into your scenes faster by trying “The Moment Before” acting technique.

2. While championing oneself is wonderful, Tony-nominee Joshua Henry provides a friendly reminder that the opposite is also equally vital: championing others. Watch his video for an uplifting pick-me-up.

3. Ariana Grande graces Podcrushed and it’s nothing short of magic. Tune in to Penn Badgley and friends Sophie and Nava’s audio corner of the world for a peak behind the music icon’s life.

4. The 2024 Jimmy Awards honored excellence in high school theatre. Get inspired by the next generation of performers by watching clips from this magical evening!

5. But what do I wear? Let Casting Networks help you decide what to wear for your next self tape.

6. Let Josh Groban raise you up with The Art of Kindness podcast’s most recent uplifting listen centered on believing in your dreams.

7. This month’s Instagram spotlight goes to @rossrayburnyoga. Take a respite from the clickbait and cat videos, and check out Peloton star Ross Rayburn’s oasis of a feed, featuring mindfulness hacks and more.

Summer Blockbusters & Binges!

For the beachside bookworm:

8. “Friendship. Grief. Jazz hands.” John DeVore’s Theatre Kids: A True Tale of Off-Off Broadway captures the unhinged magic dreamers in a pre-iPhone New York City.

9. Bring some suspense to your shoreline read with New York Times Bestseller Horror Movie: A Novel. Penned by Paul Tremblay (The Cabin at the End of the World), this suspenseful story puts a chilling twist on the cursed film genre.

10. If you’re looking to get up to date on the digital landscape of the theatre world, Trevor Boffone has got you covered with TikTok Broadway: Musical Theatre Fandom in the Digital Age.

11. Dubbed one of the best biographies of the year, Traveling: On the Path of Joni Mitchell by Ann Powers provides a lyrical look at the songstress.

For a warm wave of nostalgia:

12. Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F (action comedy) explodes onto Netflix on July 3rd: This long-awaited sequel brings back Eddie Murphy as the iconic Axel Foley, this time teaming up with a new partner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and some old pals (Judge Reinhold and John Ashton) to crack a new case in the luxurious world of Beverly Hills.

13. Twisters (thriller) spins into theaters July 19: Batten down the hatches, Auntie Em! The highly-anticipated sequel to the 1996 disaster epic will be kicking up dust with an all-star cast, including Daisy Edgar-Jones, Glen Powell and Anthony Ramos.  

14. Cobra Kai (action series) chops onto Netflix July 18: the first part of the sixth and final season of the popular Karate Kid spinoff brings viewers back to the dojo.

For an adrenaline riptide:

15. Those About to Die (epic drama) conquers Peacock July 18: This Anthony Hopkins-led epic plunges viewers into the blood-soaked underworld of gladiatorial entertainment.

16. Lady in the Lake (thriller) dips onto Apple July 19: Natalie Portman and Maddie Schwartz converge on a fatal collision course in this feverish noir thriller.

For a sandcastle of comfort and comedy:

17. Fly Me to the Moon (rom-com) launches into theaters July 12: Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum play an unlikely pair in this 1960s romp centered around NASA’s historic moon landing.

18. The Decameron (wine-soaked romp) splashes onto Netflix July 25: Join a group of misfits as they attempt to survive the 1348 Florence plague by escaping to the Italian countryside, where they self-medicate with wine, sex, and some lol-moments.

19. The Fabulous Four (cozy comedy) waves into theaters on July 26: Bette Midler, Susan Sarandon, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Megan Mullally. Do you really need to know more? Get your summer dose of serotonin beach set sisterhood soiree. 

Wellness Activities:

20. July actor’s affirmation: “Like a firework lighting up the sky, my energy brightens every audition, rehearsal studio and room in general. I sparkle.”

21. Ground yourself with this daily mindfulness meditation, crafted specifically for actors. 

22. Little known fact: it’s National Picnic Month! Round up your theatre friends, spread out a knit blanket and have a play reading under the sun.

23. At the risk of sounding like a broken record here: stay hydrated this summer! More heat means more water is needed in your body. Plus, hydration is an acting hack used by stars like Michelle Williams.

Live/ Virtual Events:

24. Happy July 4th! Celebrate with the best seat in the house, by watching Macy’s Fireworks live on NBC at 8 PM ET.

25. Join Grammy and Emmy winner Harry Connick Jr. at the iconic Hollywood Bowl this July 2-4 for an unforgettable Fireworks spectacular. 

26. Dun, dun, dun… Shark Week rips onto Discovery hosted by Jon Cena, starting July 7. 

27. Watch the Emmy nominations announced live on July 17th – if you’re into the sort of thing.

28. Hey, fellow theatre lovers! That’s right, I’m bringing you theatre with an RE. BroadwayCon is back and jazzier than ever this summer, dazzling from July 26-28 in NYC.

29. Check your local park’s schedule for free summertime fun! For instance, NYC-ers can enjoy free concerts, classes and more in Bryant Park.

30. It’s an Olympics year! The 2024 Summer Olympics will race through Paris starting July 26.

31. This summer, light your inner flame with a unique Candlelight Concert experience. Taking place in various spectacular locations, these candlelit performances allow you to experience live music in a completely new way.

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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!