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"So, what have you been in recently?" (Navigating Holiday Party Hell)

Dec 16, 2019

Tis' the season of holiday parties and that probably means you've been getting this question A LOT:

"So, what have you been in lately?"


"What are you working on?"

or, worst yet,

"Are you still acting?"

Take a deep breath. 

In most cases, these questions are not meant to make you feel panicky or small. 

More often than not, it's just a friendly person trying to make small talk. And if you are in the middle of a project right now, or just closed a show, you probably don't mind this question at all! 

But, if you've had a slow fall, (as many actors do) let's talk about how to navigate that conversation. 

My #1 tip for navigating the holiday party minefield is: 

Model the behavior you want to see. 

"What have you been working on lately?" is a automatic question many of us ask at holiday parties where actors congregate. It's a default setting. 

Flip the script by starting the conversation on your own terms. 

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