Are we there yet?
I’ve always wondered how does one know if we are indeed making a progressing step forward in our career or are we just keeping busy spinning our wheels. It seems every self help guru has an opinion on what it means to give it your all, keep busy, set goals, keep pushing forward.
Show business is an interesting field. But I think this can apply to any art form where commerce is involved or even entrepreneurship. How do you differentiate between true progress and spinning your wheels? It may seem simple, but it’s really not. What is the unit of measure? If you are doing your leg work and putting in your time and effort, your heart and soul, but you’re not getting “results” is it progress or spinning wheels?
Everyone has a theory on this. Don’t be “result” oriented, yet set goals and achieve them. Give yourself deadlines!!! There is so much information and theories on what should be done, how we should be doing it, and how soon it should be done. Aren’t there some people who start a business and within a year or two it just takes off. But then there are people for whom it takes years before anything happens. So who is right? Is there a right? Or I am looking at this all wrong. I may be asking the wrong question, hmmmm. My acting teacher recently gave a great talk on the wrong why. I’m still pondering that one.
I give myself great worry over this. I do my due diligence as someone who is self employed; meaning as an actor, and artist I am doing the work, putting in the effort. From rehearsing my scenes everyday, watching films, reading, sending out postcards pictures resume, doing drop offs, etc. But since success in this field is often measured by your resume, if I’m not yielding “results” on my resume does that mean I’m not progressing and just spinning my wheels? What about writers, I often think of them. If you’re sending out your book proposals but getting nada, does it mean you’re not working hard enough? What does it all mean. This is too deep for a Monday morning!
I’m interested to see what you think!