I have felt pretty guilty the past few weeks for not posting anything to the blog. Yes, I was traveling in Europe for five weeks so that bought me a free pass, but now that I am back? I just feel lazy.
But every time I start writing, I stop. I have no inspiration. I have nothing to say. I just want to not deal with blog posts, social media, producing projects, writing scripts, etc. etc… All of the things actors are expected to do these days to keep their careers moving forward.
Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy doing all of these things for the most part. And I can be a bit rabid about keeping my plate full and keeping the momentum going in my career. But sometimes…
You get overwhelmed.
What do you do when your to-do list is pages long, but you don’t feel like doing any of it? What happens when you want to spend the whole weekend in bed or watching movies and cuddling your cat?
This is not a new problem for me- in fact I have at various points, worked myself into illness. There are infinite things we are expected to do/have to do/should do/want to do. But when you don’t feel like doing them, when you feel like they are sapping your life blood, for goodness sake don’t do them!
We can’t be constantly-producing-little-engines-of-creativity. However much we want to be. We are humans that need inspiration, rest, and the occasional veg out. Of course, don’t let this go on for too long or you won’t start back up again, but give yourself permission to take some time off. No writing blog posts/self-submiting/taking workshops/reading acting books.You have plenty of time to pick up where you left off after your few days of rest.
Give yourself a break.
Being an actor is a long road. It is also one of the best jobs in the world, so if you aren’t smiling like an idiot most of the time, you might want to consider going into another line of work.
If you are still hell-bent on being productive, as I usually am, go through all of the things you could be doing to boost your career or your craft. There might be one little thing on that list that you actually feel like doing (watching an episode from your target list of shows-you can even stay in your pajamas!) Every little bit adds up!
So if you are feeling overwhelmed, don’t worry. In my experience it is par for the course and part of the job. Now, make occasional resting periods part of it too.