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December 2022: 31 Activities for Every Day This Month


Deck the halls and light the lights, the holiday season has arrived! Welcome back to your actor activities roundup, where we recommend everything from empowering exercises to the best events for each day of the month. Here are 31 activities just for you that will keep your actor hustle burning like a yule log and end 2022 on a strong note.

Advice & Inspiration:

1. ‘Tis the season for Hallmark Christmas movies. If you’ve dreamed of stepping into one of these charmingly cheezy films, check out Michael Bean’s free class on the topic!
2. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever leading lady Angela Bassett dropped some gems of wisdom for young actors to Essence.
3. All we want for Christmas is an inspiring read! The Queen of Christmas herself Mariah Carey bares it all in her unfiltered #1 New York Times Bestseller The Meaning of Mariah.
4. Casting Director Karlee Fomalont (I Care A Lot, The Post) gets candid about self tape auditions and more on The Art of Kindness podcast.
5. Superstar and Only Murders In The Building darling Selena Gomez wears her heart on her sleeve during her On Purpose With Jay Shetty chat.
6. Casting Director Rose Rosen shares how adding all your attributes to the special skills section of your resume can help you get cast!
7. Kick line! The Radio City Rockettes are always on the lookout for new talent. Check out what it takes to become one of the poised Christmas Spectacular dancers here.
8. What gifts do you gift the gifted? Whether you’re stumped about what to get your performer friends, or what to ask for yourself, our 2022 Holiday Gift Guide will surely provide some inspiration.
9. This month’s Instagram spotlight is @letshearitforthechoice! Broadway highlight videos and quippy evergreen posts makes this account a must follow for all theatre kids.

What to watch:

10. Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas (holiday musical) on NBC and streaming on Peacock December 1: Dolly Parton one thing we can all agree on this holiday season. The icon delivers more joy to the world with a festive, star-studded musical at Dollywood.
11. Violent Night (holiday action) in theaters December 2: Santa Claus is coming to town in a whole new light this year as he fights mercenaries to save a family on Christmas Eve. Stranger Things star David Harbour serves up some season’s beatings as the jolly ‘ole Saint in Universal’s dark comedy.
12. Spoiler Alert (dramedy) in theaters December 2. Jim Parsons, Ben Aldridge and Sally Field star in the film adaptation of best-selling memoir Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies.
13. Women Talking (drama) in theaters December 2: Women in an isolated religious colony struggle to reconcile with their faith after a series of sexual assaults. Already receiving Oscar buzz, the movie is stacked with stars, including: Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Judith Ivey, Ben Whishaw and Frances McDormand (who is also a producer on the film alongside Brad Pitt).
14. George & Tammy (drama) on Showtime and Paramount December 4: Move over Pam & Tommy, there’s a new power pair in town. Oscar-winner Jessica Chastain and Oscar-nominee Michael Shannon star as the Queen and King of country music Tammy Wynette and George Jones in this new series.
15. Avatar: The Way of Water (fantasy adventure) in theaters December 16: There’s highly-anticipated and then there’s James Cameron’s sequel to the 2009 megahit Avatar. Venture back to Pandora in this Zoe Saldana, Kate Winslet and Sigourney Weaver driven spectacular.
16. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (biopic) in theaters December 30: Whitney Houston’s legendary rise to fame is given the musical movie treatment in this joyous chronicle that puts Naomi Ackie front and center in the titular role.
17. A Man Called Otto (drama-comedy) in theaters December 25: When a lively young family moves in next door, grumpy widower Otto Anderson (Tom Hanks) meets his match in a quick-witted, pregnant woman named Marisol, leading to an unlikely friendship that turns his world upside down. Based on the bestselling book A Man Called Ove, this heartwarming story reminds us all to let life in.
18. BABYLON (drama) in theaters December 25: Damien Chazelle’s next work of whimsical dreamers drapes Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Jean Smart and more in 1920s Hollywood decadence.
19. Matilda the Musical (family musical fantasy) on Netflix December 25: Moviegoers favorite telekinesis tot is back, this time in musical form. Starring newcomer Alisha Weir alongside powerhouse performers like Emma Thompson’s Trunchbull, the flick is sure to be a fun holiday watch.

Wellness Activities:

20. Jonah Hill shares his therapist friend Phil Stutz in his new film Stutz, which explores the psychiatrist’s tools for life in an effort to get real, get personal and get better.
21. As the weather outside gets frightful (well in most places), schedule a night to cozy in by the Netflix Yule Log and recharge.
22. HBO Max’s A World of Calm provides a soothing anecdote to daily grind. Watch one of their 10 short episodes, told by acclaimed talent like Nicole Kidman, to unwind.
23. Actor Sean Hayes and Dr. Priyanka Wali are an unlikely match made in podcast heaven as they interview performers about their medical issues and everything in between. Tune into HypochndriActor to hear Kathy Najimy discuss difficulty sleeping, Alyssa Milano dive into anxiety and more.
24. Tony-winner Broadway star Sutton Foster shares her favorite way to unwind.
25. The most wonderful time of the year isn’t all, well, wonderful. If you’re feeling a bit over-wonderful, check out Mayo Clinic’s tips for coping during the holidays.

Live/ Virtual Events:

26. Celebrate Jewish heritage with one of the most lauded musicals of all-time: Funny Girl. The Broadway hit currently boasts phenomenal cast led by Lea Michele, but if you time it right you may be able to catch Julie Benko, who has gone from understudy to fame in the role.
27. Tony-winner Audra McDonald leads Ohio State Murders on Broadway, which officially opens December 8.
28. If seeing the legendary NYC ball drop is on your bucket list, keep an eye on the official Times Square website for details on attending the celebration.
29. Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest will feature epic performances from New York City to New Orleans to Disneyland on ABC this December 31.
30. New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen is back on CNN with the great gray-haired duo.
31. Ring out 2022 with power pair Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton in Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party on NBC and Peacock December 31 at 10:30 PM ET.

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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! www.robertpeterpaul.com