Go Make Some Colleagues
1) Find a free afternoon or evening in your schedule. You need two hours.
2) Invite ten actors you know and like to your living room for those hours, and tell them to prep a monologue they use for auditions. You don't need to get all of them there, just make sure they've been invited. Tell the ones that say they can come to bring other actors.
3) Get everyone seated, and get as many people as are willing to do their monologue. After an actor finishes, give them feedback as a group, and ask them to do it a second time. Give them more feedback, and then move on to whoever wants to go next.
4)Go out for drinks together afterwards and have some fun.
I cheat at all this, I do it on a regular basis with The Shakespeare Forum. But I want more people to do things like this because it does at least two things for you:
First, it gives you valuable feedback on your audition work, something you normally have to pay hundreds of dollars for in class fees.
Second, and I think possibly more importantly, it will start to establish a professional network of colleagues. The people sitting in your living room are the ones you will run into at auditions. Or the subway, or the street, or really anywhere. These people will invite you to see excellent work, and come support you when you perform. They will tell you about opportunities for people like you. They will be your colleagues.
So go make some colleagues.
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