Tag: aspirations

Why You Shouldn’t Shut Up About Your Goals

Why You Shouldn’t Shut Up About Your Goals

I recently read this article about how you should keep your goals to yourself. I really dislike and disagree with this article. Brendon Burchard, who has interviewed and studied some of the most successful people of today (you can read or hear more about this […]

New Year, New Perspective

New Year, New Perspective

I know a lot of people scoff at the idea of New Year’s resolutions, but I think the New Year is a great time to re-evaluate your life and try to make it better. I don’t really have any new goals, but I have been […]

What Happens When You Don’t Give Up (or, 2018 in Review)

What Happens When You Don’t Give Up (or, 2018 in Review)

Last December, I was ready to give up on all my dreams. I was discouraged, frustrated, and just…tired. It would be a much easier life if I just settled for working at the music store.

But the universe wasn’t ready to let me give up. I kept receiving signs that I should keep trying (including this gift from a friend of mine:)

Close to New Year’s, I came across an ad for Brendon Burchard’s “High Performance Habits: How Successful People Become That Way.” It was being offered for only the price of shipping ($7), and I kept wondering what the catch was. But I figured $7 was not too much to lose, so I bought it. And it ended up changing my entire life. That lead to my buying even more self-help books and listening to motivational people like Tony Robbins on YouTube. 2018 would have been way different without all the books and videos I consumed. I accomplished more this year than I have in a very long time.

Here is what I was able to accomplish this year:

  1. I wrote 3 woodwind warm-up books.
  2. I got to be an extra in 3 feature films.
  3. I found an online program that teaches how to get work on film sets and have been slowly working my way into that world. In fact, I have two gigs already lined up for next year.
  4. I got my first major musical role. (Which turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life.)
  5. I accepted another role for a local production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
  6. I have a completed, very rough draft of a play.
  7. I took my very first acting course. (And then was invited to take the advanced level of the course, which was not offered to everyone in the class.)
  8. I was part of a 48 hour film (where I had to learn a song and lines the day of taping).
  9. I started a production company.
  10. I have almost everything ready to start filming my short film, “Slow Death.” (This doesn’t sound like much, but it includes storyboarding the script, buying props and costumes, finding people to make the costumes and film, holding auditions and casting, and finding locations.)
  11. Finished a sitcom pilot and entered it into two competitions.
  12. Created several YouTube videos.
  13. Wrote an ebook called “Affirmations for Actors” (available soon!).

There are other projects that I started, including a couple novels, a beginning clarinet book, an improv course, and a musical. For the first time maybe ever, I’m starting to feel like my dreams of acting and writing for a living are within my grasp. They seem more real to me now than ever before.

I would have missed out on so many awesome opportunities if I had just decided to give up. Tony Robbins likes to say something to the effect of, “People like to give up right before something amazing is about to happen for them.” (That is super paraphrased.) It’s true. If you feel like giving up, keep going just a little bit longer. Something great is waiting for you, too.