So what then?
Set GOALS. Reflect on the past year. What worked? What were your victories? What didn’t happen? Why? Then look forward. Where do you want to be a year from now? Maybe even five years from now?
Okay so once you know what you want, it's time to set your goals. Set big goals that you want to acomplish by the end of the year as well as smaller goals that can be achieved sooner. The sooner you can have a victory and accomplish something, the more inclined you will be to keep going.
Once you know what you want, you have to give it real estate in the world (I steal that term from the great Dallas Travers). Write down your goals! If you don’t write them down they don’t exist! Make sure to make the goals attainable. Saying “I want to star in a film that plays Sundance this year” is an unattainable goal as the Sundance schedule for this year is already published. But something like “I want to book a role in a great independent film in 2013” is a totally attainable goal! And who knows, that film might make it into the 2014 Sundance lineup.
It’s a great start to write down your goals but when you go from there? Figure out the steps needed to take to achieve your goal. Start small. What can you do today? This week? This month? Be Specific! “I want to be a working actor” can be “I want to book 5 paid acting jobs”. The more specific you are, the easier it will be to set the right type of goals.
So that’s what I do. I take a look at my long term vision and then set my goals for the year, write them down and then take a look at steps need to take to get there. I got this way of thinking from my Creative Career Coach Dallas Travers. Here is her blog post about goal setting.
Dallas really is my guru. She has guided me through my artistic journey for the past 3 years and I can’t say enough good things about her. She did a GREAT blog post about celebrating 2012 and gearing up for 2013.
I guess now it’s time for me to put on my music, light some candles and think about what I really want to get out of 2013. 2012 was such an amazing year for me career wise and an amazing year of personal growth and development. I want to take a moment to thank all of the people who have been in my corner. My agent Lissa Lloyd for believing in my and fighting for me; Todd Berger, Jeff Grace & Kevin M Brennan for taking a chance on me and casting me in “It’s A Disaster” and for letting me learn from them about independent filmmaking (and how to be funny); Matthew Harrison for pushing my boundaries; Nimish & Mark for being great friends and great inspirations in my career (and for always being there with a camera when I’ve needed them!); Scott Staven and the Hitman 101 team for letting me be a part of the amazing journey; to all my friends for their continued support and ability to always keep me grounded and of course my mom, who has always been my #1 fan.
Wishing you an amazing, inspiring, successful and productive 2013!