10 Tips For Actors How To Survive Tech Week
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10 Tips for Actors to Survive Tech Week

How to survive the toughest week of any performance's rehearsal process.

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10 Tips for Actors to Survive Tech Week

Tech week, aka "hell week," is the most stressful part of the process of putting on a theater production. However, it IS possible to get through tech week with minimal tears. Here are my tips on how to survive hell week.

1. Get as much rest as you can

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This is, of course, is much easier said than done. Tech week involves a lot of late nights, and you most likely have something to get to early the next morning. But, nonetheless, try to get as much rest as you can. Maybe skip the extra study session, or watching that Netflix episode to get a few extra hours of sleep.

2. HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE

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Drink as much water as you possibly can this week. It will help fight off illness, keep your skin fresh even with all that harsh stage makeup, and keep your voice strong and ready to perform. So drink up!

3. Take some Vitamin C

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Illness runs rampant through casts during tech week. Everyone is spending lots of time together in very close quarters, and germs can spread super easily. Combat this by taking lots of vitamin C- tablets, gummies, powdered drinks, whatever floats your boat!

4. Eat healthfully!

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While it may be difficult when you're this busy, eating healthy foods during tech week is super important. You have to keep yourself fueled to perform and do your best! So eat fruits, veggies, and lean proteins as much as you can!

5. Drink lots of tea

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Tea is super helpful during tech week. It helps to keep you hydrated, and keep your throat clear and strong. Squirt in some honey and you're all set!

6. ….and maybe a little coffee too

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Because, let's face it, you really need a caffeine boost during tech week. Just make sure to keep pumping water to counteract the dehydrating effects of caffeine.

7. Be prepared for your down time at the theater

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There's usually a lot of down time during tech week. Between lighting cues, scene changes, and orchestra tune-ups, there's a lot going on during tech that doesn't involve you. So, during these sometimes long and boring breaks, make sure you have something to do. Whether you bring a pillow and a blanket to take a little cat nap, that new book you've been dying to read, or your homework, find a way to spend that doing something other than scrolling your phone.

8. Take some time for yourself!

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Again, this is a bit difficult. However, this could be as simple as using a face mask before bed, going to a favorite restaurant before rehearsal, or taking a nap under your dressing table on a break. What's important is to make sure that you take some time for some self care to keep yourself from getting too stressed and tense.

9. Don’t take anything personally

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It's inevitable that during tech week someone is going to snap. If you end up being their victim, don't take it personally. It's always just due to the stress and tension of the process, and likely has absolutely nothing to do with you. Just let it roll off your shoulders, and keep doing your thing.

10. And….smile!!!

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Staying positive during tech week is the best way to survive it. At the end of the day, it's not that bad, and it will be 10 times better if you just smile through the pain. So, push pass the stress and negativity and put a big 'ol grin on your face. You got this.

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