This week heading into a new year always feels like a calm after the storm of holidays – a moment to reflect on the year that has almost passed and thinking ahead to a new one.
January 1st is often a time for declaring resolutions for the new year, but I have always felt that promises made in the heat of the moment are too ambitious, rarely followed, and easily broken. Instead for this year, think more carefully and instead of making resolutions – set some goals for yourself and your acting career. Write them down and post them above your workspace. No one else has to know what they are, but you should review them from time to time during the year to see how you are doing.
Some goals to consider:
- Submit to X number of audition opportunities. Be specific in the X number. Vague goals are easier to miss.
- Take an acting class to improve your skills.
- Join a networking group (it can help with your improvisational skills as well as speaking skills)
- Update your headshot
Remember, be specific. If you just say “I want to improve my acting ability” this year, you are likely to miss that goal. But if you say “I am going to take 2 new technique classes in the first half of the year,” then that is a goal with a finish line – one that you can reach. If you aren’t specific, you’ll never know if you’ve reached it or if you need to work harder.
Also – Remember to write them down. Review them monthly, even weekly. No one else has to see them, but it will make it easier for you to hold yourself accountable. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference it makes.