As actors, we tend to have considerable downtime. You know, those days between jobs. 

But just because you’re between jobs, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be working on your career.

Smart actors make good use of that time. It’s a great opportunity to give your career  a commercial tuneup.

What’s a commercial tuneup? It’s updating your materials and keeping your skills sharp by practicing them.

For instance, when was the last time you got a new headshot? Do you still look like the person in your current headshot? If not, time to get new ones. 

Is your resume up-to-date? Both on the back of your head shot, and at all online services. Did you list that movie you shot with your brother-in-law? Make sure it’s on there.

And get into a good class. Your skills won’t stay sharp unless you keep them sharp.

Think about it: athletes, musicians, dancers, singers, performers of all kinds  practice their art even when they’re not being paid for it.

You should be no different.