At this time of year, I love reflecting back on the goals I set for 2008, seeing which ones I achieved, which ones I didn’t and setting new goals for 2009.
STARTING THE YEAR OFF RIGHT
For three actors (or aspiring actors) who completed my Actor Survey in November, the New Year will be a productive time as well, since I’m close to announcing the winners of the FREE career consultation worth $100. I’m on Actor Survey number 152 of 200 and hope to have read through all of them by January 1st.
Each winner will receive a one-hour phone consultation, to discuss his or her career path in the acting business. With over 20 years in the industry and 10 years casting thousands of actors, I can provide guidance on training, finding out about auditions, moving your career to the next level, making connections and so on.
The advice is practical, real-world information, as you can judge by the curriculum of my former online course, which was taught in colleges around the world for years. I’m no longer offering this course online…but my upcoming book and collateral products will be even better, since I’m developing them with the help of actors like you.
The three lucky winners will start their year with a checklist of tasks to move one step closer to their goals. Very exciting!
GOAL-SETTING TIPS FOR ARTISTS
Whether you win the casting director consultation or not, now is a good time to take stock of where you are in your life and where you’d like to be a year from now.
Here are a few ideas that might help:
1. Ask yourself: “What do I want the THEME of 2009 to be for me?”
It’s essential to set smaller goals, but I also like to have one overarching goal for the year. Last year, one of my friends decided that her theme was going to be “total immersion” in her writing career.
I loved that! It helped define all the other goals on her list and also helped eliminate everything that might distract from her goal of total immersion.
2. Be realistic when setting goals
You don’t know what you don’t know. Sometimes we set a really lofty goal, without realizing there are several other steps that we need to accomplish first. This can cause disappointment when our objective is not reached in the time frame we hoped for.
So be open to learning as you go along and adding sub-goals to your list, to account for the knowledge and expertise you need to develop in order to achieve your larger goal. As long as you keep moving towards it, you’re doing great.
3. Get inspired
There’s nothing that motivates me more than spending a small portion of my day gleaning knowledge, ideas and inspiration from other successful individuals.
Here are a few motivating books for artists that I’ve found useful over the years:
If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit
by Brenda Ueland
This classic book is a treasure for creative people of any medium, not just writers.
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win your Inner Creative Battles
by Steven Pressfield
All about overcoming Resistance to achieving your creative goals. Brilliant and irreverent. (Four-letter word alert.)
The Artist’s Way: The Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
by Julia Cameron
A popular book leading you through a twelve-week program to recover your creativity and develop artistic confidence and productivity.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN
So, readers: What are your goals for 2009? What is your theme for this New Year?
I’d like everyone to post theirs below in the comments (or, if you’re not already on the mailing list, opt in on the right sidebar of this screen. Once you’ve received your subscription confirmation, shoot us an email with your goals. We can check back months from now to see how you’re doing.
I’m throwing down the gauntlet: Let’s see if we can get 100 posts.