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How to Lower Stress for Actors & Child Actors

Stress-and-AcneAs an actor, part of your job is to audition and audition a lot! When you audition, you put yourself out there, and then when you work, you are expected to perform under a lot of pressure. Now this can be A LOT of fun, especially if this is something that you love. I’ve written articles about reminding yourself to have fun and not to focus on getting the job but instead focusing on doing what you love. However, if you let stress creep into your life and performance, it will show on camera. You can really tell if someone is having fun or is stressed out. Here are 25 tips for actors and child actors to lower the stress in their lives, and start succeeding on the big screen!

  1. Eat foods rich in B complex vitamins such as lean meats, eggs, green leafy vegetables, whole grain, nuts, and soybeans.
  2. Get plenty of exercise, preferably in the fresh air.
  3. Make a list each day of things that you need or want to do. Then concentrate on the things that are truly necessary.
  4. Learn to live day by day instead of living always in the future.
  5. If something is worrying you, talk it over with a friend or family member. Stress is a feeling of hopelessness and helplessness.
  6. When you feel rage or frustration, do something physically active.
  7. Learn to compromise or give a little. Will it really matter in two years?
  8. If the job is overwhelming, break it down into small tasks and then tackle them one by one until the job is finished.
  9. Get enough sleep.
  10. Use music to help calm yourself.
  11. If you’ve made a mistake, don’t dwell on it and beat yourself up for making it, but decide what positive things you can learn from it.
  12. When things don’t go the way you planned, sit down and figure out Plan B. You are in command if you take the time and the intelligence to be in command!
  13. Avoid unrealistic expectations of yourself and others!
  14. Allow yourself to daydream. Be sure you have time each day to be alone to just think.
  15. Don’t procrastinate. You need to finish the job 100% or you don’t feel the relief or satisfaction of accomplishment.
  16. Get in touch with your needs. Do you need to sit in the sun for a few minutes each day? Do you need to help someone else each day to feel fulfilled? Do you need to develop a closer relationship?
  17. Learn to say, “No,” to things you don’t want to do.
  18. Eliminate unnecessary activities from your life. Simplify.
  19. Surround yourself with happy, successful people.
  20. Spend time everyday doing something that you enjoy and that you do not feel pressure to succeed at while doing it.

Choose one of these tips each day to try out. Find out what works for you. For more information on stress-reducing activities, visit my Expert Advice Blog on Backstage.com. When you have less stress in your life, you will be able to better use the techniques you have learned in class to succeed at your auditions.

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