Do you find yourself on New Year’s Eve watching the ball drop and saying, ‘This is the year I finally make it (as an artist,actor,etc.)?” If you can look back at 2008 and say you are where you want to be, then congratulations! If not, your resolutions to help you in the new year are taken care of. This could finally be your year if you stick to the following:
1. Get Organized
Get organized in all faucets of your life. If anything is in disarray, now is the time to get all of your things in order. Clean out that closet, get rid of junk, organize your blackberry. Whatever you need to do to feel more together starting off the new year right – do it! Start with your home if possible. If your home is together, you will feel more together when going on auditions, or performing before a show. When things are calm at home, you feel in control. There’s no need for added stress this year – so let’s get organized!
2. Create Quality Content
There are a lot of good artists out there. However, few are great, and even less are exceptional. If you make it a goal to produce quality content, your chances of standing out above the rest are that much greater. Whether you invest in a class that helps you hone your craft, or just practice for a few more hours on a piece, you’ll be well on your way to producing quality content that will possibly stand out above and actually get you noticed this year.
3. Be Seen!
Don’t be afraid. You chose a career that purposely puts your work in front of everyone – now go do it! Remember, the more exposure you can get the better your chances of a good career in 2009.
4. Be More Professional
You are in one of the few businesses where you are your business. Make a good impression to yourself and others by being professional in everything you do. If you’re really serious about your career as an artist, make sure you have business cards that are professional. Spend the extra money to make yourself look presentable to potential clients that may want to work with you this year. (Which leads me to the next one…)
5. Invest In You
You are your business, and in any business, you must make an investment. In this case, you must invest in yourself. If you have to take additional lessons or classes, go back to school, or just purchase items that are essential to your performances- do it. Talent can only get you so far, improving yourself through the use of school or coaches will help you stay on top. It’s okay to invest in you as it’ll be returned back to you in the end. Not only will you feel more confident in your abilities, but you will also exude that same confidence onstage which may result in more work for you. *If nothing else, don’t forget that expenditures related to your work can always be written it off on your tax return (so make sure you keep your receipts)!
6. Look Good
Whether you need to get a gym membership (and actually go this year), get your hair done, or buy new clothes, make sure you take care of your appearance. Your looks are one of your essential your calling cards in this business, so you want to make sure you are giving off the right message (whatever that may be.) After all, you are the one in charge of marketing and branding yourself here. Do it right this year!
7. Meet New People
You’ve heard the saying, ‘It’s not what you know, but who you know?’ Well, it’s especially true in this business. Your job is to get a job. You get that job by getting to know people who can help you. The more people you know, the more likely your chances are of getting the job you really want. So, this year make it a point to subscribe to a magazine or Internet site that keeps you up to date with the latest information on events and go to those events when you can. *Although events related to your career are good ways to meet others specific to your industry, remember that you can meet new contacts anywhere. Even people you meet not in your field may know someone who is a potential contact for you.
8. Keep In Touch w/ Old Friends & Acquaintances
Not only should you meet new people this year, but you should also make it a goal to keep in contact with the people you already know. The industry calls thisp a part of networking, I call it your lifeline. Whatever you want to call it, I suggest doing it! Many of us have names and numbers in our phones for people we rarely, if ever, talk to. Pick up the phone and reconnect. You may have a job through a contact already and not even know it – at least until you call.
9. Write Down Your Goals
So many of us know what we want to do, but haven’t written out a plan to get there. Take the time to write out your goals if you haven’t done so already. Even of you have written down your goals before, re-evaluate them for the new year. Are they still the same? You should have both short term and long term goals written down. What do you want to be doing in six months? What do you want to be doing in six years? Writing down what you want to do makes it real to you. The more real it is to you, the more likely you are to make sure it gets done this year.
10. Create A Plan
Few things happen overnight, but they do happen to those of us who continue to work hard for what we want and desire. After you’ve written out both your short and long term goals, create a plan to get there. Do you want to land an agent? What must you do to get representation? Do you need updated head shots, or to schedule a meeting with a contact you’ve already made? Whatever it is, don’t hold back. Do it!
This is your year and don’t let anyone tell you differently. If you do what can be done today, instead of tomorrow, you will accomplish more than you could possibly imagine this year. Good luck & Happy New Year!