Why the absence you ask? Well many reasons. Part of it was due to the fact that my inner demons decided to surface and I was going through some personal stuff (which I will delve deep into in another post) but the other part was exciting news on the work front!
I’m now working for Hulo Films, a small production company in Vancouver and I’ve jumped in head first to my new position. Sitting on the other side has really given me a new, clear perspective on our industry. I love making movies. Whether I’m in front of a camera or behind it, I am just obsessed with filmmaking!
I’ve learned through my 10 years in the “biz” that you have to keep expanding and growing. You have to be in class, you have to have a clear idea on your branding and marketing and you have to understand filmmaking as a whole. You have to stay present and you have to stay hungry and most of all you have to be willing to open yourself up to more opportunities than just the ones in your head. Did I think producing would become a major part of my career when I started? Never. Am I glad it found its way to me? You bet.
So that brings me to this challenge. Although my behind the scenes career has been kicked into high gear, my in front of the camera career has seemed to have stalled. In case you didn’t know, I was in a movie. You may have seen me tweet about it, share a link on facebook, put it in my blog, etc. It’s A Disaster is the biggest thing I’ve done to date, and the project I’m most proud of. And I was hoping it would help to jump start some more projects. And then I realized something - that was on me. If I wanted to see results, I'd actually have to put some work into it.
I have goals that I strive towards, I have a vision on my life but lately it has been lacking focus. So what happened? The Universe sent me a sign, a way to channel my energy into something productive: The 42 Day Book A Job Challenge.
What is that you ask? Well the ever fabulous Dallas Travers has created a program to challenge actors to pull themselves together and focus on specific booking their biggest role to date during the 42 days. What?! That’s sounds crazy right? Well it kind of is, and that’s why I jumped at it.
Now I wont go into details of the program to be fair to Dallas who put a lot of time into creating it and to all my fellow “Book A Jobers” who paid money to be part of this program but I will say that it is about setting measurable, attainable goals and being laser focused on achieving those goals. The idea isn’t so much that you are guaranteed to book during those 42 days, but more about getting yourself alined with what you want out of your life and your career and taking big bold action towards it.
The cool thing about being specific about your goals is that is opens you up to all sorts of other possibilities. One thing I never expected was the support of this online community. I am so grateful for their words of encouragement, their vulnerabilities, their positive attitudes and how they have kept me accountable.
You want to know the key to this business (or any business for that matter)? Set goals, be focused on what you want, be accountable to yourself and others and find an amazing supportive group of people to cheer you on.
Since beginning this challenge I’ve had more auditions that I’ve had all year and I even got into the room of a Casting Director who hasn’t seen me in 7 years! What? Now if that doesn’t show progress I don’t know what does.
So here’s the scary part. I need to share my goals with at least 3 people a day. Yikes! For 42 days I’ve been telling 3 people a day what my goals are. Well, I guess I can’t sign off without sharing here. My goals for the 42 Day Book A Job Challenge are:
Book a speaking role on Once Upon a Time (I already work on the show as a photo double)
Book a nice juicy, gritty role on The Killing
Book a role on Hell on Wheels
Once Upon A Time and The Killing shoot in Vancouver and Hell on Wheels shoots in Calgary.
Phew. Okay thats done. Not too scary :)
I’ll sign off with a great big online hug. Thanks for your support and being part of the journey.