Are You Ready for 2017? How to Set Achievable, Clear Goals For the New Year as a Filmmaker

Ready For 2017?

How to Set Achievable, Clear Goals That You Can Easily Reach In The New Year

Hi, this is Tanya Kersey, the Filmmaker’s Success Mentor.

Welcome back!

Now last week, we began with a detailed review of 2016. You took an inventory of what you accomplished in 2016, determined where you’re at today and clarified what you don’t want to repeat from this year.

This week’s focus is deciding what you want in 2017 and getting clear on your why. So let me ask you, what do you most want to create in your career for 2017? What are the big goals you want to reach this year?

  • Do you want to get your film financed?
  • Do want to become more visible as a filmmaker and build a strong social network?
  • Do you want to run a success crowdfunding campaign?
  • Do you want to finally go into production on your film?

Choose what’s most important. Yes, you’re gonna have more than one potato chip but savour just two to three of them. Let me ask you, who do you need to become to create what you want for your filmmaking career? And this is where it gets really interesting because your career is an extension, an expression of who you are.

So, chances are, if you’re not seeing the results you expect, then look inside.

Who are you being, how are you showing up in the world? This is the key. To create what you most want to create in your career, what kind of person do you need to become? What traits or habits do you need to adopt? No judgement. Just awareness of what needs to happen inside to create what you want on the outside.

What’s holding you back right now?

Is it fear, low self-esteem, lack of solutions, lack of support from family and friends?

Those are some of the most common obstacles filmmakers face and of course lack of money is always up there on top. But listen, you can’t do it alone. Making a film requires people and support. So, if you’re trying to do it alone, that’s a big part of your problem.

You have to build a village around you to make a film. You can’t be the filmmaker, write the script, do the casting, help with the props and do all those jobs on your own. That could be something holding you back. What are some of the things you need to start doing that will develop you into the person you want to become and the filmmaker you want to become?

If you want to become a confident and respected filmmaker in your field, would you need to build relationships with people in the industry that you look up too?

Would you need to work with a mentor and require additional training? Think about specific actions you know you need to have and if you don’t know, then learning what those actions would be can be something on your list.

You know, maybe you need more experience working on or with the camera or editing. Whatever it is, you have to know what kind of person, what kind of filmmaker you want to be and what you need to get there. How about getting people excited to work with you, getting people to return your phone calls, casting your dream actors and actresses?

Selling your script, producing the film you’ve been talking about for ages, running a successful crowdfunding campaign, getting agent representation, financing your film, getting into a major film festival. Securing theatrical distribution for your film. I bet there’s a part of your brain that’s thinking, how can I really rock my career this year?

You do that by setting goals for the coming year. For example, if you want to develop yourself professionally, you’ve gotta fill in skills gaps that are holding you back. It could be lack of having a network. Having no mailing list which is a huge one for people who are trying to crowdfund. You can’t crowdfund to no one, you’ve got to have a mailing list.

What are those goals that you want to do for the next year?

Decide what you want in 2017 then get clear on why you want it. That’s a really important part of the equation: knowing your why. Because your why is going to keep you in the game, going to keep you focused.

So, that’s it for this week and I’ll talk to you next week.

  • December 20, 2016

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