As an artist it can be nonstop at sometimes and at other times…silence. I’m sitting here in San Diego with the beautiful sunshine on my back, waiting. Waiting for rehearsal. Waiting for my call time. Waiting to be called in to perform. I do know this is a normal occurrence in our business and sometimes on these down days I get antsy and the thoughts will not stop circling. Here are a few things that I have found that help the time go by in a healthy productive and goal oriented way!
- Catch up on paperwork/resumes/online profiles
- Often during the week in Los Angeles, I try to block out time between teaching and auditions to write out blogs and/or come up content. This is not always successful. So now, with the ability to allot some time to myself I am trying to add some better content to my site and hopefully learn some stuff along the way
- Update Resumes/Casting Websites. This is something that I tend to put off during the weeks. (Or until my agents mention it) Not proud of this, but it is the truth. During the week between training, teaching, rehearsing, auditioning and just hustling updating and checking up on sites isn’t always the highest thing on my to-do list. During this slow time I am able to update everything and make sure all of my newest gigs are up!
- Often during the weeks in LA my workouts are something that I simply just check off on the list of the things I need to do. Now, with the mornings free I really am enjoying the time to workout. I am training is a similar way that I do in LA, but now it is a different envirnoment and clientele and that has been fun for me
- Training- As a professional dancer we have to keep out toolbox clean and polished so the first thing I did when I came down here was to find a dance studio that provided classes for my level and that fit into my schedule. I have definitely found an amazing ballet studio, Performing Arts Workshop which holds morning adult classes 6 days a week. Each teacher I have had has been fabulous. Especially Emily and Cathy! I also found a Tap studio (my newest challenge..if you havent read my blog about beginners mindset check it out) The tap studio is called North County Dance Arts and the teacher is Louis McKay who is extremely welcoming as a teacher. I have created a 7 day a week schedule of workouts and dance classes to keep me in tip toe shape 😉
- I have been asking everyone about their favorite things to do and see in San Diego and it has been such a blast exploring and being a tourist on my own
- Find a Part Time Job
- With my current rehearsal and show schedule I have my mornings and afternoons free. This gives me a lot of free hours to work in the mornings. I found a close by studio that looked like they needed some desk help in the morning so I got onto their schedule and am making a couple hundred bucks and working out for a discount. There is always this option, so help out in the mornings at a studio, or check out coffee shops, ask your box office, look it up on craigslist. Might as well meet some more people in this new city that you are going to be in for a couple months and get some coffee money at the same time : )
- Embrace The Silence
- In this life we are not always granted the time to slow down. Breathe. Sleepin and enjoy the little things. Therefore embracing these slower moments, enjoying my time to reflect before a rehearsal or show is a blessing. I am daily writing down the 5 things that I am grateful for from each day and this has helped gain perspective.
Overall, enjoy the slower pace and begin to find moments to fill up some of the white space with things or adventures that you may never have the ability to do again!