Whilst many are wasting time and money proclaiming another false rapture, to which they have no evidence save for a highly dubious line in Thessalonians 4:14 (or any other vague line in the Bible for that matter), it’s time for all aspiring actors to plan their year ahead. This should be done with a view to entering 2013 having advanced or gained something tangible from 2012.
Psychologically, many see a new year as chance to start a fresh. Certainly the western mentality is very geared towards this view, and we constantly talk about needing to have a good start to the year. I’ve had a mixed start so far (by that I mean some good things and some not so good), but I don’t really care. Time passes in the same fashion, and I’ve had a mixed weed just like I have had numerous weeks in my life with mixed outcomes. Just like I will have all bad and all good weeks in the future.
The key for me is to be generally in a place where I’m in a constant state of improvement.
Every new year I don’t make a resolution, I make a list. A rational list. Things that I want to achieve, that I know I can achieve during the course of one year. I’ve really found this helps me. It gives me a list of attainable goals to work at through the year. I also include points in my list of things to do regularly, like practice auditioning and cold reading techniques.
Among last year’s list for me were: ‘pay off my debt’ and ‘work at least 7 hours a day on something’ (something being either a shoot or personal projects.) I nailed both of these and am now in a stronger position to move forwards. This year points will focus more on getting ready for my next stage, which will be moving back to the UK, so a lot of my list has this in mind.
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