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3 Ways to Disconnect Between Acting Gigs

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It’s no secret – the entertainment industry never sleeps.  And, if you’re in the prime of your career, you may be feeling overwhelmed with work.  While this is a great problem to have, burning yourself out is never a good thing.  To ensure you find some balance, you should make a conscious effort to disconnect between acting gigs long enough to refuel.  Here are some ways to do just that.

Here is the first way to disconnect between acting gigs.

One of the best ways to disconnect is to schedule a staycation, which is typically when you choose to take a mini vacation right at home.  Make sure to set aside time in advance to allow yourself to unwind.  This should be a very intentional break that you can plan before it starts and stick to after a project wraps.  While you may not always want to take time off, if you’ve recently booked several acting gigs in a row and are feeling exhausted, this is the perfect time to opt for some at-home time off.  And although you might be tempted to use this time off to schedule in a vacation full of travel and sight-seeing, sometimes it’s best to not add more to your plate so you can actually feel like you’ve actually been able to get some R&R.  The last thing you want is to have to take a vacation from your vacation because you kept yourself super busy.

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Here is the second way to disconnect between acting gigs.

You might also consider unplugging during your break in order to disconnect.  If you can’t get away from your phone and computer entirely, at least give yourself some time each day to turn off the electronics and allow your mind to re-center.  This day and age, it can be especially difficult to do so, but you’re likely to find that even a few minutes every day can make a huge difference.  The mind can get so used to reaching for a device in order to unwind, only by refusing to do so can you adjust this thought process.  To help ease urges to check in, have a designated electronics-free space in your home that you can retreat to whenever you need to realign.

Here is the third way to disconnect between acting gigs.

To really disconnect, you’ll want to either give the next acting gig search a rest temporarily or book your next project a few days or weeks out from the wrap-up date of the first.  As a general rule of thumb, you shouldn’t be booking anything that begins right after your current project is set to wrap-up, anyway, in case you have to go a few days over.  Of course, you’ll also need to determine how long of a break you can afford to give yourself.  Factor these things into the equation and come up with the perfect formula for when you want to start something new. 

Once you have a solid understanding of how much time off is just right and when you should begin your break, during the in between, allow yourself to fully disconnect and have some much-deserved down time!

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