The Annual Navel Gaze

I don’t make New Years resolutions.  They just seem to be a way to set unrealistic expectations, which lead to making you feel disappointed in yourself when you break them.  So, no resolutions for me.

But I will set some goals for myself. So here, in no particular order, are my goals for the upcoming year:

  • Get paid to act.  In the past, I’ve done too many shows just to be doing something.  This has lead to varying degrees of satisfaction. Some experiences were really great, others were not.  So, the goal is to only do theatre that pays, unless (and the unless is important here), I am creating the play, or am invested in it (like a play produced by Monkeyman Productions).
  • Do more directing.  I have an idea for a particular Shakespeare play that I would love to do.  I need to find  a way to fund that.  Before I tackle that play, I’ll want to improve my directing vocabulary.
  • Write more.  Write more. Write more.  Finish the play I’m working on before moving on to the next.
  • Become a better theatre marketer.  I am the “Marketing Manager” for Keystone Theatre, and tried my hand at some publicity for Monkeyman for the last show.  I certainly need some improvement. I have a bit of time before Keystone kicks into gear, so there is some time, but I certainly want to know what I’m doing before that happens.
  • Become a better shmoozer.  Be able to go to parties and make small talk and meet the right people and the like.  I’m not very good at this, and I need to get better at it.
  • Get an agent.

So, those are my goals for the year. There’s more of them than I initially thought there would be.  I might not complete all of them, but at least I’ll have made some serious headway if I accomplish some of them.

What are your goals for the year?


  1. This is great this is great this is great.

    I love new year and the new plans it makes me want to make!

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