Hey Theater Cats! As we enter a new year, I think it’s a perfect time to check in with ourselves and reassess our routines and goals, and create, or revamp our plans of action to achieve those goals. Even if you are working hard, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and prevent yourself from working smart. Have you ever found yourself doing something over and over again as part of your routine, like going to a certain dance class, or practicing the same section of a song over and over, even though you know it’s not yielding the desired result? It’s hard to break out of those patterns, but now’s the perfect time!
What I do, and suggest you try, is writing it all out. Seeing your goals laid out in front of you helps to make them feel realistic, something you can actually accomplish, instead of just unclear ideas meant for some other time "in the future". Start holding yourself accountable by mapping out your goals. Break them down into sections: long- term, this year, six months, this month, and weekly. After you have identified your goals, you must create a plan of action. It’s like scene work in acting class- identify your objective, identify your obstacle, and figure out a way to get around it.
For example, Long Term Goal: I want to be the lead in a professional show. Obstacles: 1. I need to improve my singing voice 2. I need to gain confidence 3. I don’t know how to find out about auditioning for professional shows. Plan of action: Yearly: create performance opportunities for yourself to get experience in front of an audience build confidence. Put on your own concert or show, sign up for a class that culminates in a showcase or performance, or sign up for open mic/ cabaret style performances, or a school or community theater show. Six months: Attend professional shows in your area, stay after, and meet the actors at the stage door. Ask them questions about how they got started, how they auditioned for the show, if they teach classes or privately, etc. Contact local professional theaters and ask if they have a training program. Monthly: attend voice lessons at least every other week. Sign up for classes at local professional theater or with local professional actors. Put together a list of songs and monologues that are appropriate for auditions that you will practice. Weekly: practice repertoire and technique at least 30 min a day.
Breaking your Plan of Action down into manageable chunks will make your goals feel more realistic and achievable. If you just do a little every day that is in keeping with your plan and serves your ultimate goal, you will achieve it!
Here is a blank chart that I’ve put together and use myself! Feel free to print, fill it in, and even share! I’d love to know what your goals are and how creative you can be in planning to achieve them!