Hello my fellow artistic warriors! I hope you all are having a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend.
Last Sunday, I posted a blog entry about being “on go”. I challenged myself to be on go for the next seven days for my career. I also encouraged others to share with me how they would be on go for their careers as well. Here is the link to that blog entry: http://wp.me/p8uI5M-cK
Today, I’d like to share my experiences and accomplishments. Now, please understand that this is not about me showing off. Not at all! This is about creating accountability for myself. To hold myself accountable and to see where I backed off when it came to being “on go”. I hope that what I experienced will help others out with being “on go”.
When I look back at the last seven days of being “on go”, I think I did a pretty good job of doing so. I tackled and accomplished a lot of things from my list without hesitation. I reached out. I acted on something. I moved on something. I asked for things. I communicated and expressed. Again, I think I did a pretty good job of being on go. Being on go forced me to not question, to act now. To do it now.
I learned that being on go means that you also honor your instincts. I had an instinct, a knowingness about something on Tuesday morning (May 23rd), but I went against it and now I’m experiencing the repercussions of it. Fortunately, the repercussions are not damaging or devastating or irreversible, but still annoying because I KNEW. I KNEW! My instinct told me to act in a certain way and to go in a particular direction, but I went against it to not rock the boat. To not cause trouble. Lesson learned. I won’t do that again.
I also flinched Wednesday morning (May 24th) on executing the beginning of my social media campaign for a project I have developed. I flinched (to draw back or withdraw from) because I realized I wasn’t ready to launch that social media campaign. I know that this social media plan (plus a couple of other things related to my project) will put me in a position of attention and accountability…and there’s just one dynamic regarding my project that I haven’t mastered yet. So that’s where my flinch came from and why I stopped being on go in this particular instance. I was like, “I have one shot with this. I have to make sure that when I do launch this campaign, that I’m ready to deliver.”
But like my teacher, Richard Lawson, says, “The wrong way is the right way.” Meaning that it’s better to stay in motion than to remain at rest. Cause at least while you’re in motion, you’ll figure out that you’re going the wrong way and then you’ll equip yourself with the right tools or knowledge to start going the right way. I didn’t want to start my social media campaign because I’m still trying to understand this one important dynamic about my project.
That being said, I should have started my campaign and then been on go to get the information I needed. Being on go means that I’ll figure it out. Being on go involves trust and confidence that everything will work out. Being on go means that there are no regrets or what if or would have, could have, should have. I wonder what would have happened if I had launched my campaign on May 24th? I’ll never know now.
However, I won’t stay stuck on that. I won’t kick myself and feel bad for myself. The point is that I identified my stop and now I’m on go again. Since Wednesday, May 24th, I have been on go to get this information and I will execute my social media campaign once the holiday weekend is over. Be on go! I still don’t have all the answers, but I’ll start the campaign and know that I will have the answers and info I need. When the opportunity comes, I will be ready. Trust that, Jorge (“George”)!
Here is a list of things I was able to accomplish by being on go. And this is not just a random list of things. I’m not trying to be busy for the sake of being busy. I’m pushing a career forward as an actor and writer. All these actions are connected to my DOIN’ (Declaration of Independence) aka my business plan. These actions are connected to what I want to accomplish this year from my DOIN’. For each action, I bolded what area that pushes (e.g. actor, writer, producer, human being)
- Responded to a contact that used to work with someone I am targeting. (Writer)
- Printed a series of postcards at FedEx for my feature film project. These postcards will be part of my campaign. (Writer)
- Typed up and printed mailing labels for postcards. (Writer)
- Posted new blog entry about being on go and shared it on social media and with my contacts. (Actor and Writer)
- Responded to post-production timeline on a film I produced. (Actor and Writer and Producer)
- Returned a ton of emails. (Actor and Writer and Human Being)
- Found other projects that a casting office casts and engaged with them via Twitter. (Actor)
- Found out who the casting directors were for two TV shows I could be on. (Actor)
- Donated to a fundraising campaign for a web series that my friend created. (Human Being)
- Reached out to a director in scene study class and asked them if they would direct me in a scene. They said YES. They suggested I look at “A Fish Called Wanda” (the Kevin Klein character.) I will watch the movie as soon as I post this blog entry. (Actor)
- Emailed a showrunner to check in and rekindle communication. (Human Being)
- Posted two procedural auditions on Youtube and shared them with my agents. (Actor)
- Followed up with and read the marketing campaign my commercial agency did for me. (Actor)
- Continued reading articles on pitching movie scripts. (Writer)
- Sketched the floor plan for my office. (Mogul. Empire)
- Read three new scenes for my actor reel. (Actor)
- Communicated with team about my feature film project. (Writer)
- Met with a student from class to answer questions they had. (Human Being)
- Helped another student on their journey to secure an agent or manager. (Human Being)
- Sent self-care reminders to another student. (Human Being)
- Emailed my agent a proposal. (Actor)
- Engaged three separate times with a list of individuals I admire and respect. (Artist)