Spooky 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. With fall in full swing, here are 30 activities you can do this October to fall into a better groove and keep the ghouls and goblins at bay.
Advice & Inspiration:
1. Beat the self tape scaries with this guide for capturing your best self tape!
2. Variety Power Women’s event featured icons like Oprah gathering to celebrate the female-identifying folks in the business.
3. “Cries.” Reading that in a script can be a panic-inducing prompt for actors. Never fear! Check out these easy hacks on how to cry on command!
4. Are you starting to work in the commercial market? Here are 5 tips for keeping it professional on set and ensuring you build a good reputation.
5. David Kirscher, creator of iconic franchises like Hocus Pocus and Chucky, appears on The Art of Kindness podcast for a spooktacular and scholastic 2-part episode!
6. As you navigate the ins and outs of self-submitting, here are 5 tips to help keep things safe and professional.
7. Take in this invaluable advice from four prolific Casting Directors on what to avoid during auditions.
8. Instagram account of the month: @comunicationmethodforactors! Follow Faith Hibbs Clark’s actor training page for unique tips like this one on audition nerves.
What to watch:
9. They’re back! Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker reprise their wickedly wonderful roles as the Sanderson Sisters in Disney’s Hocus Pocus 2, which is now streaming on Disney+.
10. AMC’s The Walking Dead drops the last part of its final season on October 2, just as spooky season starts.
11. Speaking of AMC, a TV adaptation of Anne Rice’s 1976 hit novel An Interview with the Vampire creeps onto the network October 2. Movie buffs may recall the Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt 1994 film.
12. Amsterdam, David O’Russell’s first film in seven years, debuts in theaters on October 7. Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington play three friends who become tangled up in a murder case in the 1930s.
13. The John Stamos-led Disney+ series Big Shots comes back for a second season on October 12, bridging fun vibes for the whole family.
14. If you’re looking for a thrill based on a true story, watch The Watcher on Netflix October 13! Helmed by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, the limited series features stars like Naomi Watts, Bobby Cannavale, Mia Farrow, Noma Dumezweni and Jennifer Coolidge. The Watcher follows the true story of a married couple who, after moving into their dream home in NJ, are harassed by a mysterious stalker named The Watcher.
15. After 45 years, the most acclaimed horror franchise in film history reaches an epic conclusion as Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) faces off for the last time against Michael Myers in Halloween Ends premiering October 14.
16. Former rom-com Queen Julia Roberts makes her long-awaited return to the genre opposite George Clooney in Ticket to Paradise, which hits theaters on October 21.
17. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson finally gets his superhero stripes after an eight year-long development process with the DC Extended Universe’s Black Adam on October 21.
18. See why Oscar-buzz is flurrying around superstar Harry Styles when My Policeman comes to Amazon on October 21.
19. October is emotional wellness month! Schedule some time with your loved ones so they can fill your bucket and you can fill theirs with a good old heart to heart.
20. You know what’s really freaky? Dehydration! As the season fills up with activities, fill up your water bottles. Many creatives use the motivational water bottle Venture Pal, which encourages you at every sip!
21. Pop on your favorite podcast or music and rake up some leaves! Being outside and doing a semi-mindless task is a wonderful way to take your brain off of stressful thoughts.
22. Healthy snack of the month: Acai Exotic – Almond Butter Bowl. Us actors are always on the go! Whether it’s racing from auditions to rehearsals to classes, we need easy ways to stay nourished. This acai bowl is not only delicious, but it’s filled with superfood ingredients. Fruits, nuts, and oats combine to offer a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, and protein that will ensure you put your best foot forward no matter where you go.
23. Candles aren’t just for seances this season. Unwind from the grind by lighting your favorite candle, sitting back and doing nothing, but watching the flame dance.
Live/ Virtual Events:
24. The highly-anticipated musical version of Almost Famous rocks into Broadway on October 3rd.
25. The 60th New York Film Festival continues at Lincoln Center through October 10.
26. Kimberly Akimbo, the critically celebrated play by David Lindsay-Abaire, becomes a new Broadway musical on October 12.
27. The global phenomenon of KPOP takes over Broadway with an exhilarating musical on October 13!
28. Broadway’s terrifyingly terrific annual fundraising concert I Put A Spell on You returns to Sony Hall on October 23 with a dazzling lineup. Broadway star Jay Armstrong Johnson is the hostess with the mostess as Winifred Sanderson, as performers like Gavin Creel, Krysta Rodriguez and Robyn Hurder take to the stage all in the name of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
29. The Tony Award-winning play Take Me Out races back onto the field on October 27 for another limited run starring Jesse Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
30. After an acclaimed West End run, pop musical & Juliet transfers to Broadway on October 28, imagining an alternate ending to the classic Shakespearean tale where Juliet lives.
31. Happy Halloween! Today’s all about dressing as a character and eating treats — an actor’s dream. Enjoy yourself!
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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