Checking It Twice
Written by: Nicolette Violet Sweeney
As the holiday season approaches, I find myself feeling a bit like Santa Clause. Not because I’m showering people with gifts or shaking my belly like a bowl full of jelly (though the latter may happen after Thanksgiving indulgence). No, this year I empathize with Old Saint Nick because that dude sure has a lot on his plate. Sometimes managing your acting career can feel just as impossible as distributing billions of presents across the world in a 24 hour time period. And we actors rarely have the assistance of magical, toy-making elves.
Every year, Santa gets those presents out and I’m certain we can all manage our careers with a similar organizational structure. All year round, Santa is making his list. So this year I suggest we all follow in his patent leather footsteps to create a structured outline of what we expect from ourselves. I suggest these three easy steps to Santa-like list making:
1.Make a Broad List of Goals
For example: Get in Better Shape (Santa may not be ready to start the Insanity program or train for a marathon, but you are!), Network, Create Video Content, etc.
2.Prioritize/Create Time Lines
Decide which goals on your broad list are most important and which can be done simultaneously. For things you can assign yourself deadlines for, do! Santa can’t deliver the presents December 26th so no excuses!
If you need something done by the end of March, work backwards to determine what small steps you need to take in January and February to make that happen. Break things down into weekly and daily tasks.
Just remember that in this business, making a list isn’t enough. Check it twice!! Happy Holidays all!
Nicolette Violet Sweeney is an actor/singer/dancer currently performing in South Florida. Regional credits include: 110 in the Shade (Snookie), The Drowsy Chaperone (Drowsy), Show Boat (Kim), Chicago (Dance Captain, Six), Hairspray and Joseph. She recently appeared as a contestant on the popular new game show, Let’s Ask America. For full resume and upcoming appearances, visit www.NicoletteViolet.com.
Nicolette Violet Sweeney