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Long-term acting goal questions

Learning how to envision what success for you looks like and putting together a long-term acting goal, is a skill, that if mastered, will cause you to be the envy of many. Specifically, if you can envision in the smallest details, what your acting career is to look like, say five years down the road, you will be ten times more likely to be able to achieve it.

After all, if you don't know where you are going, then how do expect to get there?

When I went to New York to study and work the second time, I was more focused than I was the first time. I had more clarity about what I wanted, about who I was, about my capabilities. I did the SWOT self-analysis and I was as honest and as forthright with myself as possible. I also answered the questions that helped me to see my vision for the future of my life as well as with regard to my long-term acting goal. Then, I got more specific and started to ask myself questions, like the ones you see below that helped me clarify what I wanted from my acting/hosting career.

1. Where would you like to be five years from now? What will your life be like? Visualize it. Think about where you will be living, what kind of job you will have (acting job that it is! If that’s what you want.).

2. How much would you like to earn? Be specific.

3. How does acting fit into the overall scope of your life? Do you want it to be the way you earn a living or will it provide the necessary skills to do something else, like speak in public, achieve greater self-confidence, integrate into training seminars, etc.)

4. What kind of acting career do you want? What genre are you particularly interested in? (film, tv, theatre, daytime, prime-time, etc.)

5. What kinds of roles do you see yourself interpreting? What type are you? Doctor, housewife, tough guy, evil witch, ivory soap girl, detective, etc.?

6. Is there a particular type of show, program, sit-com that you can identify with and would like to be part of?

7. What kinds of people will you need to surround yourself with who will be able to help you achieve your goal?

8. What resources will you need to reach that goal that you don’t currently have (financial, character traits, skills, contacts)?

9. Where will you be living?

10. How will you promote yourself?

11. How will you keep in contact with casting directors and agents and other industry professionals?

12. How will you find acting work?

13. How will you compliment the work that your agent is doing? In other words, what will you do to promote yourself aside from what he or she will already be doing for you?

14. What will you do to promote yourself in a way that is different than most of the other actors?

15. What kind of person will you need to become in order to achieve what you want? In other words, what characteristics will you have in the future that you don’t have now?

Proceed by now defining your short-term acting career goals.

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