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Sooner or later, it happens to everyone. Sometimes it happens regularly. There comes a time in virtually every performing artist's career when, for one reason or another, everything seems to come to a screeching halt and you're in the doldrums. There just isn't any work to be had. Maybe it's because you're just starting out and you're not yet well established in the business. Maybe it's because you're in a transition period because of your age (like going from ingenue to leading lady). Maybe it's just a slow season. Maybe it's just chance.

Whatever the reason, those periods we euphemistically label as "between engagements" can be challenging to cope with. Being unemployed in any career is hard enough. But being an unemployed performer is perhaps harder still, because as a performer, the only product you have to sell is yourself. And if nobody's buying what you're selling, it can be a challenge not to take it personally.

So what can you do during those dry spells? Here's a list of suggestions that we've put together that may not only keep your spirits up but also help you improve your craft:

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