New Year, New Goals! Welcome back to the first actor activities roundup of 2023, where we recommend everything from empowering exercises to the best entertainment events for each day of the month. Here are 31 carefully-curated activities that will set you up for a fulfilling new year ahead, and ensure your resolutions are met.
Advice & Inspiration:
- 1. Before you take the time to email Casting and other professional connections a 2023 update, check out this pro tip from Casting By Them’s Andrew Fem!
- 2. Join Oscar-nominee Carey Mulligan as she dives deep into her latest project She Said with SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations.
- 3. If you’ve only got the headspace to stick to one resolution this year, let it be this quality quip from the one and only Dolly Parton.
- 4. Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody stars Naomi Ackie and Stanley Tucci, director Kasi Lemmons and Clive Davis open up about recreating the icon’s greatest performances in this inspiring Variety sit down.
- 5. Ahead of pilot season, brush up on one of an actor’s most valuable audition skills: taking direction!
- 6. Icons on icons! Decorated divas Laura Dern and Michelle Williams share an intimate conversation for Variety’s Actors on Actors series.
- 7. At the start of this beautiful new year, if you’re in need of a little pep talk – it’s totally understandable! Please go back to Kid President’s ever-fateful viral video.
- 8. Oscar-nominated actor Chris Sarandon (Dog Day Afternoon) gives wonderful advice for actors and how we can make sets a kinder place on The Art of Kindness podcast!
- 9. Start 2023 on a star-studded note as Jennifer Lawrence (Causeway), Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once), Michelle Williams (The Fabelmans), Claire Foy (Women Talking), Emma Corrin (Lady Chatterley’s Lover) and Danielle Deadwyler (Till) join The Hollywood Reporter for a full Actress Roundtable.
- 10. This month’s Instagram spotlight is Casting Director Erica S. Beam, who calls upon her 18+ years in the business to craft inside tips for actors.
What to watch:
- 11. Welcome to Chippendales (TV series) streams in its entirety on Hulu January 3: The acclaimed narrative adaption shows Kumail Nanjiani give a career-high performance as Somen “Steve” Banerjee, the man behind the world famous stripping troupe.
- 12. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (documentary) in theaters January 4: Best-selling self help author Mark Manson brings his runaway hit book to the screen in an effort to help viewers live a better life.
- 13. Ginny & Georgia season 2 (TV series) streams on Netflix January 5: G-squared returns for a second installment of Netflix’s hit mommy-daughter dramedy.
- 14. M3GAN (horror) in theaters on January 6: As if there weren’t enough reasons to be wary of technology, meet M3GAN: a lifelike artificial intelligence doll that’s been programmed to be a child’s best pal. Of course, things soon take a creepy turn in this freaky thriller.
- 15. If These Walls Could Sing (documentary) streams on Disney+ January 6: Join legends like Paul McCartney as his daughter director Mary McCartney gives audiences a peek at the world’s most iconic recording studio.
- 16. That 90s Show (TV series) streams on Netflix January 19: They’re back! Like waaaaay back. The highly-anticipated That 70s Show reboot sees Leia Forman, the 15-year-old daughter of Eric Forman and Donna Pinciotti summer with her grandparents Kitty and Red. The blast from the past drips with nostalgia and lots of familiar faces!
- 17. Alice, Darling (mystery) in theaters January 20: Anna Kendrick submits whats been dubbed one of her greatest performances of all time in the title role as woman pushed to the brink.
- 18. The Last of Us (TV series) streams on HBO January 23: The highly-anticipated drama translates Neil Druckmann’s acclaimed 2013 video game to the screen. Co-conceived by Druckmann and Emmy-winning “Chernobyl” creator Craig Mazin, the show flaunts personal drama and epic thrills in a post-apocalyptic America swarming with cannibalistic mutants.
- 19. Poker Face (TV series) streams on Peacock January 26: If Rian Johnson’s recent Knives Out sequel left you wanting more quirky chaos, you’re in luck! Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll) finds herself in the middle of a mystery in this episodic detective tale.
- 20. Shotgun Wedding (action rom-com) streams on Prime January 27: Jennifer Lopez continues her rom-com parade opposite Josh Duhamel in this wild ride which sees a wedding party taken hostage.
- 21. The start of a new year can be scary for actors. Check out this quick tip from Dr. Julie Smith on keeping anxiety at bay when you feel its clutches sink in.
- 22. With things like in-person auditions cranking up again, have you thought about writing down specific career goals for 2023? Every actor wants to book roles, but sometimes shaping distinct goals for the year gives you a more tangible vision to look to.
- 23. Leave anything that doesn’t serve you in 2022 and step into 2023 with this 2023 Guided Meditation.
- 24. Setting boundaries is a vital life lesson, especially in a career that requires you to showcase your authentic self. Purpose Coach Jay Shetty provides an inspiring tidbit for the importance of boundaries here.
- 25. Though an actor’s path can sometimes feel like a revolving door of rejection, there is always much goodness to be celebrated. Try reframing your brain to focus on the kindness in your life with this tip!
- 26. They say eyes are the portal to the soul, but these days blue light takes its toll. As actors we’re always reading – whether it’s studying lines in the back of a dark theatre or curling up with a good acting book in bed – it’s important to have a good book light! One of my favorites is Buddy Beat Light, which makes it easier to read without straining your eyes and even has bluetooth capabilities!
Live/ Virtual Events:
- 27. After a brief and rehabilitative hiatus, the Golden Globes returns to NBC for its 80th edition on January 10th.
- 28. Heavy-hitters Nathan Lane, Danny Burstein and Zoë Wanamaker head back to Broadway in Pictures From Home, a new play from Sharr White, starting previews at Studio 54 on January 10.
- 29. The Critics Choice Awards will honor what they dub the finest in cinematic achievement on January 15th. Hosted by Chelsea Handler, the ceremony hopes to gain big viewership numbers on The CW.
- 30. Monday, January 16th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There are many ways to commemorate this from attending a local event to watching an MLK documentary.
- 31. We also hope you’ll join us in recognizing Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday, January 27.
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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