Today’s Tip – Motivation… a step up; Guest Blogger: Bryan Radtke is an Actor, Writer, Director and Professional Gypsy at Large.
Motivation can be a real issue sometimes for creatives. If we are at a place in our lives where the bulk of our income comes from creatively un-fulfilling ventures and the rent is due, it may be easy to take an extra shift rather than finish that screenplay. When we have some free time, it may be more fun to research your fantasy baseball roster rather than practice your scales. When we have had 3 days of double shifts, it may be easier to watch a full season of Jersey Shore. But ultimately we are cheating ourselves of opportunities to explore our gifts. I’m neither telling people not to go to work, nor endorsing a sleepless lifestyle.
My main point (and regular challenge) is that we must make time for the things that will fulfill us. Why? Because great ideas for screenplays don’t write themselves. Interesting plays don’t produce themselves. Compelling roles don’t perform themselves. And all of the aforementioned pursuits, may not provide a cure for cancer or feed all of the hungry , but they do help make the world a slightly better place. We have all heard the line about living the life we imagine. But the truth is, you can’t stop there. You have to DO something. Even if our schedules are jam packed, we could probably find 15 minutes to dedicate to writing that next scene, reconnecting with managers or agents, or perfecting the bass line to any Stevie Wonder tune from the 70s.
I guess we need to consistently remind ourselves that our goals are worthy goals. We have to convince ourselves that we deserve a fulfilling life as an actor, musician, poet, etc … And we need make time to regularly exercise the very things that fulfill us. It can be difficult. It can be frustrating. But it is noble and necessary in a civilized society. There are people that do and there are people who don’t. But I think more accurately, there are many more people who can but won’t. If you are an actor, act. If you are a writer, write. If you are a musician, play music. If you put enough scenes together, you get a play, If you perfect enough songs you can have a concert. But it starts with doing something, doing something every day that can get you to your goals.
Start by simply acknowledging that your goals are worthy and it will take time and effort to achieve those goals. Then budget some time toward those goals. You are worth it. I am certain that the satisfaction you receive working on the things that you love will be exponentially better than what you can get from even 5 minutes of Jersey Shore.
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