The Distance from our Dreams to Reality
Today I want to go through dissecting a dream and a plan to make it a reality. The title of this post could also read, "Building a Bridge from Dreams to Reality."
Let's take my life long dream because it is one of the most common dreams and the most common to fail. The dream of being a movie star. Dreams are at least half fantasy and we need to cut through the fake parts to get to the real part of the dream to make it come true.
The movies create a static world of perfection we want to join. This gives the impression to the public that the lives of movie people are better than real life. Actually the complications and pitfalls are many; actors probably live with more struggle, rejection, and danger than the average person. You have only to read about the lives of the stars to know how tough the life of an actor can be. Predators galore are out there in the entertainment industry. Basically the life of an actor is an uphill obstacle course and there is no guarantee you will be a success even if you complete it.
I realized very early that, although acting and film making is my passion, the life of an actress/entertainer was not my cup of tea. I would not like constantly travel, live on the road, dodging unscrupulous characters, being told where to go and what to do, not to mention dodging shows with immoral content. It is a very unsettling life. Most actors and actresses have their careers mismanaged by someone else and they always have regrets of the parts they never got to play. I made the decision not to go the traditional route.
As an independent I have complete control of what I do and if I am unhappy with my parts I have no one to blame, but myself, LOL! As an independent I have eliminated many of the problems actors face. Also as the CEO of my own company I am in a better position to make high ranking contacts in the course of film production. Having your own company also is a provision for old age, since the entertainment industry is famous for dropping aging stars. I believe I stand the best chance of building career satisfaction and stability on my own. I am very grateful for the modern technology that makes the artists' career sort of self serve these days. But it is still a lot of work to master your art, master the online publishing medium, and finally master the marketing aspect. This post could probably be expanded to a whole book, but this is a general overview
In the final analysis the success of your dream is 99% work and it is determined by how effectively you use reality to build that bridge between real life and your dream. :-)
You will find that my personal blog includes A LOT about business and marketing because I spend most of my day on the computer doing research and planning my business strategy. I absolutely LOVE being a freelance writer, film maker, and entrepreneur. However, I am only a beginner and I still have a LONG way to go to get my full time income where it needs to be. It is very AWESOME to have talent, education, experience, and the opportunities technology offers us, BUT if you do not channel your abilities in a way that earns money you will remain a pauper. That is a problem I am working on, which I will write a book about once I find the answer. :-) When you are a teen or a college student you think talent is enough to make you rich and famous, but when you get out in the real world you realize that A LOT goes into a successful career and that you have A LOT to learn.
I would like to say a few words about Weebly! I think it is AWESOME!!!!!! My other web host provider recently updated their site builder, and it is very similar to Weebly's tools, but it is not quite as good or as easy to use. I would like to do a few more Weebly sites, myself and if anyone asks me for a web host recommendation I will recommend Weebly. I am not a paid affiliate, I am just an average business woman who is pleased with Weebly's simplicity and ease of use.
I am continuing my studies as a legal secretary and I am getting a lot of good information. However, I would still rather be the boss who hires virtual assistants than be the virtual assistant myself. In any case I am acquiring some good skills that will positively keep me out of the fast food industry in case I REALLY NEED to go back to a bricks and mortar job. I plan to do EVERYTHING possible to stay independent. My work style is just very independent.
There is SO MUCH going on, as always, so let me just touch on a few things. I did ALL my spring cleaning last week. YAY!!!!! Now I can focus on my work! Many videos are in my editor, I need to finish a short fiction e-book, and then I want to try some nonfiction. I would like to write some courses in acting and independent film making, I am designing products for manufacturing, and I am planning the programming for our new Adele Smith Entertainment Youtube channel. Also, I am rehearsing some public domain songs to publish on CD Baby. I guess I do have the "Superhero Syndrome," but there are just SO MANY things you can do and you just have to work very hard to keep up.
I find that day/time planners have a very limited use. Inevitably, some things on my list will not get done some days and some I may not be in the mood to do some things. The best way to get everything done is to jot down what you want to accomplish overall and then make tiny "TO DO" lists on scraps of paper for your daily goals. I refer to my daily scraps of paper constantly. You won't get it all done, but since the list is in front of you you are more likely to complete those tasks within a few days. I hope I have given you some good ideas. I guess I better get back to ALL my work. :-)
~ Adele :-)
Adele Celeste Smith