I wish I could be one of those people who could have “NO REGRETS” tattooed on the backside of their hand. Then every day, I would see it and realize that living in the past is a waste of time. I’d jump right into my day with joy and anticipation worthy of a border collie, heading to the park. These fleeting thoughts about what could have been can fly in and out of my head, and I’m sure they will do the same for me. I suspect that even people who have the “No Regrets” tattoo might have regrets. For example, getting that tattoo may be one.
However, acting can lead to regrets or actions that were not as good or better. Below is a list that I or someone close to me has made of my biggest regrets. Hopefully, this article will help you avoid common regrets as an actor and steer you towards a career that will make every day a joy, regardless of whether you have tattoos.
#1 Not Going To Acting School
This is a huge question. I don’t have it, but many of my friends do. They are not making an effort or failing to get into drama school. StageMilk has written a lot about drama school. My article on how to make a career is available. However, if you are looking for a career as an actor, drama school is a great option. Drama school is not only about the technical, vocal, and physical skills you acquire but also the people you meet. You will be able to make a successful career out of the people you meet and the connections you make.
My connections at drama school have given me nearly as many opportunities as my agent. It is not easy to get into drama school. We have lists of the top drama schools worldwide and a guide on how to get into drama school. This is the biggest regret we hear. If you’re thinking of going to drama school, I urge you to get an audition.
#2 Don’t Make Time for Auditions
It can be difficult to manage your work/life balance as an actor, especially if you live in big cities. Living in New York, London, Sydney, or LA is expensive. It isn’t easy to define what it means to be expensive until you experience it. It isn’t easy to find the right balance between making enough money and being able to attend auditions. There have been many times in my career when I had to decline audition opportunities because I was unable to make the salary from my day job. Many actors have young families. They find it even more difficult to balance their lives. Sometimes you will need to decline an opportunity to make rent this week. This can lead to regret. What if I had attended that audition? You have accepted the job. Did you get the job? I quit my job and focused solely on acting. These are all valid questions but not helpful. These questions don’t help you move forward. You can only do what is possible. If that means you have to work a shift just to eat for the week, then do it. Finding that balance is not easy. Keep working hard and try your best.
#3: Getting Slack With Diet, Exercise, & Voice
This is the worst thing I have done. Acting requires physical, mental and vocal fitness. It is important to stay fit and healthy, eat well, and do vocal warm-ups regularly to be a successful actor. This is obvious, but the more effort you put in, the more you will get back. Due to the unpredictable events of 2020, it was becoming increasingly difficult to stay focused and take care of yourself due to the effects of quarantines and lockdowns. I regret that my exercise, diet and consistency in my acting have all fallen apart over 2020.
It shouldn’t be regretted! You can find great articles about staying fit as an actor and a guide to voice warm-ups.
#4 Not Changing agents
This is a difficult decision and a regret that actors often make. Are you sure that your agent is the right person for you? This is a great question. If you don’t, it is time to ask some serious questions. It is difficult to leave an agent. It is quite the opposite. An actor’s relationship with their agent is the most important. It must be positive. You must have each other’s backs. Your agent must be there for you and your career. It’s time for them to stop fighting for you. This is a common regret for actors. Don’t let this become a problem for you.