2009 Goals Part II

As many of you may remember, I set goals for myself at the beginning of this year, and promised to check in at the quarter mark of the year and follow up. The goals are going very well, and I think my gradual advancement with them has made me more focused. The ultimate goal here is for me to prove to myself that I can set goals and finish them, and I have set goals that are possible to achieve by consistently doing the work. So goals lead to goals. And by including all of you in this – or anyone who may be interested – it makes it more fun for me.

Lori, I am not doing the “Daily Writer” exercises anymore, although that was never a formal goal. I have too much else to do, and finally had to put that away.

Let’s take a look at my three goals and progress.

1. Do 75 shows this year. Right now I have done 20. This includes “Hooray for Speech Therapy” in LA and Fresno (Rogue Festival), three nights of a staged reading, the improv show “Soterville,” Lindy Loo’s Country Cuzins show (where I play Chuckie Loo), open improv shows, and some open mike nights.

A few people have questioned whether or not I should include open improv or open mike shows in with my 75 performances. Well, that was my original guideline for myself – that those things would count, as long as there is an audience. The only thing I’m not counting is karaoke. Doing the open improv shows have been great, because basically I show up (either at the Magnet or the P.I.T.) and do improv with people I never met before. That’s very cool. And the open mike nights – I’ve done songs and character stuff at the few I’ve done – allowed me to see some really inspiring acts. It’s gotten me out performing, which is what is important. The idea is that I don’t have to wait to get cast or spend thousands of dollars producing a show. I can go out, do an open mike, and it’s a performance.

2. Go to the gym 100 times this year. Meaning once a day for 100 days throughout 2009. Right now I am at 51 days. So this goal is moving along quite well. Having the goal has kept momentum going for me. I do not a strict goal about my eating habits, so cake and treadmill often battle it out.

3. Read Akira Kurosawa’s “Something Like an Autobiography.” I finished reading this on March 22. Much of it was read sitting behind Jill while we were working as background actors on the movie “Salt.” I also read much of it on the set of “Kings.” I’m glad I read it, as it was a great story about a working artist in some interesting historical times.

Jeffrey Paul Bobrick asked me why I would have a goal that was seemingly so simple. My explanation was, first of all, that book has sat on my shelf for years, so is it so simple? Also, I wanted a goal that I would be able to achieve no matter what. If nothing else, no matter where I am, I could read that book and finish a goal, and that would be encouraging to me.

I’ll report back in three months. 2009 has been a great year for me so far.

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