Why You Should Never Give Up Acting
Pursuing an acting career can be hard. You’re always hustling—applying for work, auditioning, building your network. Plus, you often have to have a side job (or two) to pay your bills while still finding opportunities to improve your acting skills.
It doesn’t help if you have friends and family who don’t understand why you’re doing this and don’t know how to support you as you pursue your dream.
Because the truth is, acting is your passion. It’s a part of who you are, and nothing feels better than when you land a role and perform at your personal best!
But the emotional roller coaster ride that accompanies this pursuit can sometimes weigh you down.
It’s normal to have doubts about whether you want to continue pursuing your dream, particularly in creative fields like acting.
If you find yourself doubting whether you want to keep pursuing a career in acting, try these strategies.
1. Remind Yourself of Your Why
You pursued acting for a reason, whether you’ve been working on your career for a year or ten. Think back and remind yourself of why you wanted to be an actor. Try to visualize and remember what it felt like when you realized acting was your dream career.
Write your reason down. Don’t write down what you think you should be writing or what your parents or acting friends might think the answer should be.
This statement is for you. You have your own unique reasons, and reconnecting with why you want to be an actor can help you refocus and re-energize yourself.
2. Identify What You Have Learned and Your Accomplishments
Regardless of natural talent, every actor will improve with practice. Focus on the ways you’ve grown since you started pursuing acting.
Are you now comfortable with improvising during an audition? Perhaps, you’ve been paid for work on a commercial or TV show. Have you stretched yourself as an actor, trying new parts or techniques even if it was uncomfortable at first?
Write your achievements down. Post your answers where you can see them, so you’re reminded of them.
3. Learn How to Cope With Rejection
Rejection is hard. Unfortunately, it’s a reality for you as an actor. You’re going to get turned down for roles, and you’re going to get feedback during performances and auditions.
You know this is a part of your chosen career, but it can still hurt sometimes.
Here are some suggestions for coping with rejection.
Identify how you’ve handled rejection or constructive feedback well in the past. Those are strategies that you know work for you.
Focus on how the feedback can help you improve as an actor, even if it was delivered in a less than helpful way.
Remind yourself that rejection isn’t personal. You can’t control who else tried out for a part or whether you look like what the casting director sees for the role.
Learn what you can from each rejection or piece of feedback, and then leave it behind you. Remember, even A-list actors have been rejected throughout their career. It’s a part of the job.
4. Build a Strong Support System
Even the most emotionally strong person needs someone to talk to sometimes. You don’t have to pursue your career in isolation.
Build authentic relationships with other actors. Talk with trusted family and friends about how you are feeling. We all need support and encouragement sometimes.
That said, avoid confiding in people who put you down or minimize what you’re going through.
You may have a family member or friend who wants to be supportive but doesn’t know how. Talk with them about what acting means to you. Tell them how they can help support you. If they care, they will want to know what helps you.
Dreams Take Effort and Time
It’s okay to sometimes have doubts or to question whether you want to continue pursuing acting. Most actors have gone through this too.
However, before you stop, take the time to evaluate whether you want to quit or keep going. Remind yourself of why you want to act. Try to visualize what it would be like to not pursue acting anymore.
You are unique. You can build an acting career you’re proud of if acting remains your passion.