I once heard someone say act more then you aren’t acting…
Someone also said it takes 10,000 hours to master your craft. (Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers)
How many hours are you acting every year? Every month? Every Week?
There are 8760 hours per year.
Let’s say you sleep 8 hours a day that leaves a total of 5840 hours a year where you are awake and functioning.
How are you spending your time?
When I first started keeping track I was floored by how little of my time I was actually spending on acting.
The real kicker was when I added up how many hours of watching TV I was watching. I cancelled my cable pretty quick after that and began focusing on getting my hours up.
With this newfound awareness over the years the amount of time I spend acting has grown a great deal and I have squirrel away a nice pile towards my 10,000 hours.
Where do you stand? Honestly, how much acting do you really do?
If you break it down you have roughly 487 useable hours a month.
Start adding up your hours:
Running auditions – in class – on set – rehearing for a play – acting on stage.
These days we probably spend more time scrolling through FB Twitter and Instagram then we do pursuing our dreams. That’s crazy!
It has been established that the average world-class athlete trains approximately 23 hours a week. Interestingly, the average athlete in America trains approximately 12 hours a week.
That’s between 45-95 hours per month.
Are you training that hard? If not how can you expect to go pro?
It may be a challenge to find the time, money and motivation to train that hard but just being aware of it and striving to get you hours of quality training and on the job experience up are things that will get you booking more and more work guaranteed.