Like I’ve said before, I don’t do New Years resolutions. Â This is the time of year, when I do set some goals for myself. So here they are:
- I am going to lose some weight.
- I am going to write something every day, whether a story, a blog post, or work on a play.
- I am going to see more theatre. There’s really no excuse for notÂ seeing a ton of theatre in this city, so I’m going to stop making excuses, and go to see as much as I can.
- I amÂ going to stay a non-smoker.
Those are the goals for 2012.
Why don’t we look at how I did on the goals for 2011, shall we?
Get paid to act. When I wrote this, I was feeling a little taken advantage of. I felt like I had taken a few acting gigs for the wrong reasons. So, the upshot is, that I didn’t really get paid to act this past year. Â But the truth is that getting paid wasn’t what it was about (though, lets face it, that would have been nice). Really, it was bout being a little more choosy about where I put my acting energy. Â I didn’t want to act in just anything, I wanted to act in things I believed in. Â So, if that’s the case, I accomplished this goal.
Do more directing. I did a little more directing in 2011, as in, I did some.
Write more.Â I wrote some, but not as much as I should have. Â In fact, I wrote little enough that I feel like the writing muscles in my brain need to be worked out a little to get them in shape.
Become a better theatre marketer.Â Nope. Â Honestly, I feel like to be a better marketer, I have to learn how to be more comfortable in talking up the things I am working on. Â Its like, over the years, I have taught myself (or been taught, I’m not sure which) not to toot my own horn. Â In marketing, its necessary that you not only toot your horn, but find creative ways to do so. Â This is an area where I need work.
Become a better shmoozer. I put this in here, because I’m not good at the shmooze. Â Put me in a room full of people, and I’ll become more awkward than I am normally (and since I’m a pretty huge nerd, that’s pretty awkward). I am not good at the small talk, and not good at striking up conversations with people I don’t know. So this still needs work.
Get an agent.Â Mission not accomplished. Â And to be honest, I didn’t really pursue this all that much.
Maybe next year, I’ll be able to round up this list with some more “wins”.