HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE! It may be close to the end of the year, but we aren’t taking a #GuruTips break!

One of my friends mentioned how she always worries about having to discuss being an actress when she’s home for the holidays. Her family isn’t in the industry so every time she’s home, she always gets…

“Have you been in anything yet?”
“Don’t you know how hard it is to make money as an actor?”
“Shouldn’t you get a real job?”

Constantly hearing all of this can be discouraging, especially when you feel like you don’t have much to say. I created this quick video with some tips that you can use and consider when heading home for the holidays!

Heading home for the holidays can be… tough, especially when you’re an actor. You put work into your career, but still feel like you have nothing to share. We got you covered. Learn how to survive this holiday season as an actor with these #GuruTips from @ActResourceGuru @Ajarae! #ActorsLife #HolidaySeason #ShareClick to Tweet This Episode of #GuruTips!

Remember – whatever it is you’re doing, you ARE doing something. Your family wants you to succeed, so share what you’re up to! Having a great meeting with your agent to discuss pilot season is a GREAT update! (especially if they’re not in the industry!)

I hope these tips help you out this year! If you have a tip for surviving the holiday season as an actor, share it in the comments below! We’d love to hear it!

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Ajarae Coleman | Workshop Guru

P.S. This simple phrase: “I’m waiting to hear back on a role I got pinned for!” tends to keep the family in check. 😉 ha!

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Ajarae is an actress and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles. She founded Workshop Guru in 2012, which expanded into Acting Resource Guru in 2017, to help actors save time and money on classes and workshops, and give them a powerful voice by publishing anonymous actor reviews of acting schools, casting directors, talent agencies and management companies. You can see Ajarae on shows like ABC’s SCANDAL, REVENGE, PRIVATE PRACTICE, and THE CATCH, CBS’s THE McCARTHYS, 2 BROKE GIRLS, and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, NBC’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES, TNT’s PERCEPTION, I'M SORRY on TruTV, and more. She raised over $17,000 and co-created an action comedy television show called SMACK Unit, currently has national commercials running, and has cultivated rewarding relationships with her agents and manager.


  1. For anyone who has given me a hard time about my acting career (not intentionally, of course), I usually educate them on what I’m learning (let them know what CDs are generally looking for, how to audition / self-tape properly, etc.).

    So far, it’s given me 100% non-irritating reactions. As a matter of fact, they’ve become more supportive and curious (in a positive way) about my acting career.

  2. Lol!!! Thanks for sharing this! I’ve had similar experiences with my family ….” if you want to be on that show what don’t you just do it! Call your agent and tell them to book you on!” Moderately frustrating… good for a giggle and just can’t take it seriously. Happy Holidays Ajarae!


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