I've been half-steppin' y'all. Bad.
Last week I was prepping all my documents for my taxes when I flipped through my career log/journal and day planner to make sure I didn't miss anything. I made it to June and had to stop. Inside were notes and to-do list that were never completed. Business cards that I didn't remember receiving. Wait, is this mine? Because if it is last year I wasn't handling my business.. I was doing the bare minimum and then just sitting back waiting for my phone to ring. I missed several castings/auditions, I didn't follow up with industry people that I met, I wasn't as aggressive with self-submitting as I should have been.
There were so many missed opportunities. It was really eye opening for me because I thought I had a decent year last year, but my journal tells a different story.
I knew I had to rectify this half-steppin' right away. So, I had a nice long chat with myself (there was lots of yelling, crying and finger-pointing) and identified the causes, pure laziness and self-doubt. After my chat I felt better; I started figuring out ways to combat my laziness and pesky self-doubt.
I know that I want to be a successful working actor, but it doesn't mean anything if I'm not backing it up and working my tush off. So, right here, right now in front of all of you I'm committing 100% to my acting career. No more Half-Steppin for this girl, who's with me?
Think you might be half-steppin'? Don't be alarmed. Half-Steppin' is a serious problem, but I've come up with a simple treatment that might help.
1. Breathe- Relax. Take 10 deep breaths and move on to step 2.
2. Identify the Cause- Find a mirror. Go ahead I'll wait. Ok, now look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself if this is what you really want? Are you willing to sacrifice and give it your all? Can you handle being your own boss? What's holding you back?etc. Be honest with yourself.
3. Do Something and Commit- Now that you know what the problem is try to figure out ways to overcome it. Once you've done that COMMIT to your career, goal.
- Brittany Pooler