As Christmas approaches, the word generosity keeps coming to my mind. In this season of giving, it seems like a perfect word to guide us to thinking and acting unselfishly. Even when we face our own struggles and suffer from a lack of auditions, bookings, income, attention, and whatever else is on your list, we can find our true value by shifting our focus to the industry and the people in it we can serve.
You may be thinking, “I don’t have the money to buy presents for friends and family. How on earth do you expect be to be generous?” Forget presents in the tangible form for a moment. Think about what your presence provides instead and what gifts only you possess.
Many of us use this time of year to reflect on what we accomplished over the last 12 months and what we aim to achieve in the coming year. It’s a good time to do so during the transition from 2015 to 2016 yet solely focusing on what you have and don’t have pulls you away from the spirit of generosity. So I came up with a list of 10 ways to be a generous actor in the new year, regardless of whether you’re “successful” or getting auditions or adding credits to your IMDb page. Continue reading