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31 Activities for Every Day This Month


Welcome back to your actor activities roundup, where we bring you everything from advice on staying motivated to exciting events for each day of the month. From handy vocal diction exercises to free mindfulness apps to help you prepare for your next audition, here are 31 activities you can do in May to keep you inspired.

 

Advice & Inspiration

1. It’s always a good idea to refresh your profiles on casting platforms. Here are a couple of easy ways you can shake things up on your profile. 

2. From Showtime’s Work in Progress to season four of FX’s Fargo, casting director AJ Links has helped cast some impressive titles. Coming off an Artios win for her work casting Lovecraft Country, Links shares a window into the person behind all the credits.

3. Need some inspiration? Read how Cillian O’Sullivan booked the male lead in a Netflix series off of just a self-tape audition.

4. Wondering if you should become a background actor? Here’s what you can expect.

5. Reality TV casting director Erin Tomasello is known for her work on series such as MasterChef, Let’s Make a Deal and America’s Got Talent. She’s also received an Artios nomination for casting The Circle! Click here to learn more about the prolific casting director.

6. Curious about a role opportunity? Here are some things actors are often afraid to ask that we need to normalize being part of the initial dialogue. 

7. As you navigate the ins and outs of self-submitting, here are some tips to help keep things safe and professional.

8. There are more pathways to securing roles in TV, streaming or film than ever before. See how these nine actors got where they are today by taking unconventional routes on the way to their Hollywood success.

9. Working actors recount lessons they learned from audition experiences at pivotal points in their lives. Here are some nuggets of wisdom.

10. Actor Adrian Martinez breaks down something many actors find hard to master: the co-star role! Click here for three key takeaways.

11. Thinking about changing your stage name? Seven industry leaders weigh in, here.

12. Casting director Elizabeth Barnes has a number of impressive titles on her résumé, from HBO’s The Comeback to ABC’s Revenge and Netflix’s GLOW. Keep reading to learn more about Barnes, including the journey that took her from Taiwan to Hollywood.

12. Actor JT Neal shares how he landed his series regular role on Fox’s new comedy series Pivoting, as well as bonded with his co-star Ginnifer Goodwin once on set over a shared passion for knitting.

13. Do you want to reach out to a casting director but aren’t sure how? Here are some valuable insights from three casting directors on how to most effectively reach out to them.

14. Focused, active listening, as well as compelling reactions, make a performance come alive. Try these four exercises for active listening.

15. Casting director Tannis Vallely provides a window into the person behind all the credits, along with a peek into the process of navigating uncharted waters to find the Ghosts ensemble, here.

16. Spring has sprung! Watch this hilarious video by Robert Peterpaul on ways actors can take this time to give their careers a little spritz. Spray some Windex on your materials and leave the dirt behind. 

17. Actor Wyatt Walter talks about his role as Corby in the new comedy series Killing It. Click here for a window into the casting story behind the actor’s big break. 

 

What to Watch & Do

18. The month of May brings a whole slew of series premiering on streamers. Keep reading for four films you won’t want to miss, along with the performances to watch.

19. Are you more of a TV person? Keep reading for four titles arriving soon on Netflix that we think should be up for your watchlist consideration.

20. Tune in to the Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards, taking place on Sunday 8 May on BBC One at 6:00 p.m. BST, hosted by Richard Ayoade. 

21. Watch this video for a number of vocal exercises to help you work on articulation and diction. All of these exercises will help you nail your next audition or performance! 

22. Netflix’s stand-up specials keep us cackling at home, but the streaming service’s ambitious comedy festival is nothing to laugh at. The Festival will stage shows from over 130 comedians at more than 25 Los Angeles venues in the span of just over a week. Learn more here.

23. The Tony Awards nominations will be announced on their official YouTube page at 9:00 a.m. ET / 6:00 a.m. on May 9! Watch the Meet the Nominees event on Thursday, May 12.

24. Feeling nostalgic? From gracing the Parent Trap red carpet to her iconic fashion moments from Freaky Friday and Mean Girls, watch and hear Lindsay Lohan’s backstories behind some of the most famous looks from the 2000s. 

25. Emmy-nominated actor O-T Fagbenle discusses growing up biracial, landing his role in Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale, toxic masculinity, portraying President Barack Obama in Showtime’s The First Lady and representation behind the camera, here.

26. The Cannes Film Festival will take place take place from May 17-28. Browse the official selection of films here.

 

Wellness Activities

27. Having a hard day? Listen to this 20-minute meditation and celebrate all parts of you. Because all parts of you are worthy of celebration. 

28. Being active outside has numerous health and wellness benefits. Click here for seven benefits of outdoor workouts on athletic performance.

29. Follow this 12-minute, full-body stretch and add it to your daily routine! 

30. Needing to feel motivated, inspired or just have a good ol’ cry? Check out these ten inspirational TED talks that’ll change your life, or at the very least give you some solace for the next time things aren’t going your way.

31. Calm your nerves (for free!) before your next audition. Here are five free mindfulness apps worthy of your attention.