Congratulations! You’ve finished school. No more teachers, no more books….well….not quite.
Even as adults with formal education completed, my clients and myself still roll our eyes at the thought of homework. However, we all need to acknowledge (even begrudgingly) that homework is the foundation for systems, habits and success.
So, outside of formal education how does homework exist in a creative life? First off, speaking of systems…do you know how successful people operate? Systems! Whether it’s saving money each week and having different bank accounts, managing your schedule with different calendars and reminders, or how you name goals and find the actionable steps to achieve those goals, it’s all about how you operate and it’s important to know how you operate because…
1. How You Do One Thing Is How You Do Everything
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again. You MUST recognize how you work in order to get things done. Do you respond to your friends, co-workers, and peers positively in the same positive manner you treat yourself? Do you remember to floss regularly like you remember to work out every day? What's your attitude toward money: do you save your money or are you more likely to spend the money you have? Does that pattern pop up anywhere else?
Homework: Ask yourself the above questions and more to dig deeper into your patterns.
What? Math? Grumble, grumble, I hate math… Post school, it’s a different kind of math: getting finances in order and implementing systems. Now, bank accounts with the titles of retirement funds, savings, and checking accounts are in my life. I also have in place systems to budget what it costs to live in New York and what I get to play with in investments or classes or a night on the town.
Homework: What systems are you putting in place? What’s your budget? What kind of lifestyle do you want to have?
Although you have no more formal papers to turn in, you do need to stay informed and up to date on what’s going on in your community. Not all research comes in book forms. For this research, the answers are not always clear or easy. Seeing and reading new plays, listening to new songs and musicals, watching new television, seeing films and finding all the resources that are available for research is just the tip of the iceberg. The next step is figuring out where you, as an actor, fit in this ever-changing game. And being able to figure out where you fit, you need to research yourself as well.
Homework: What is you brand? How do others perceive you? What is it you love to do? What do you want to achieve?
4. Practice, Practice, Practice
Just like you practice your skill sets as actors, you have to practice your business skills as well. After all, practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes permanent.
So what habits and routines do you want to make permanent? Is it your preparation for auditions that you want to nail or perhaps being able to talk about yourself in an interesting and effective manner? Whatever you want to achieve, you must practice.
Homework: Identify 5 skills you want to be practicing consistently.
5. The most important assignment of your life
Although all of the aforesaid homework is important, the most important assignment is yet to come: GOALS.
It sounds like an easy question, but it goes much deeper than you’d expect. I hear a lot of clients, including myself, saying, “I want to do it all, I want to work.” But you need to get specific and go deep within yourself to name exactly what you want. Not just in your career but in your life. How can you work towards something if you don’t know exactly what you’re working towards?
Homework: Name what you want to be, do, and have. Write it down. Look at it every day and find the actionable steps to achieve that goal.
So even though the kind of homework has changed, the name of the game has not.
If you want to reap the rewards you’ve got to put the work in. Need a study buddy to name your goal or work on any other homework? Schedule a 20 minute free consultation with me.
Let’s craft your plan, your career and your business, smarter and with focus.
Posted on November 3, 2014
by Amanda Tudor; Accelerated Artist Career Coach filed under