January 5th, 2016

 

My very first vlog for the QDF was a countdown of 10 goals or attitudes I wished to master in 2015. In case you missed it, watch it here

 

As we approach the start of 2016, I thought I’d take a look at my goals and assess how well I did at carrying them out.

 

10) Correct people when they mispronounce my name.

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Yep. I’ve held to this one very well.

One of my most frustrating moments in 2015 on this topic happened when a well-meaning (aren’t they all well-meaning?) older gentleman tried to explain the pronunciation of my own name to me.

He said, “Why do you call yourself Mee-Ka-Ella? Most women I know with your name pronounce it Mee-Kayla.”

I actually had to reply, “I don’t call myself Michaela so much as, you know, it’s my name.”

I give myself 100% on this goal.

9) Stop taking professional rejection personally.

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Well, let’s say I tried. And I learned. And I’ve grown. But it’s still a very hard habit to kick. I’d give myself a failing grade on this one. And not even a near-pass. A whammy of a fail. Like a 23%.

 

8) Stop trying to curse people who have rejected me professionally.

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I can proudly say I’m living curse-free these days. Uh. My grade is 93%. Okay, I slipped once. Not telling you who I cursed, though.

 

7) Stop eating ice cream in the shower

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It was insanity to even make this resolution. Of course I’ve eaten ice cream in the shower in 2015. And I plan to do so in 2016.

0%. N/A. I didn’t even write this exam.

 

6) Drink less wine at professional networking events.

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I’m going to say I did drink “less”. Less than someone else did in 2015, that’s for sure. 60%.

 

5) Learn to talk about myself and my work more confidently.

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Hmm. I suppose I get better at it every year. I’m going to give myself a 75%.

In order to really nail this resolution, I am going to take the opportunity right now, on this blog, to declare myself EMERGED!

That’s right. I think that in a lot of ways the label of “emerging artist” can be a crutch, or an excuse. And how do you really know when you’ve emerged?

I guess I’m going to have to rename my blog in the new year.

 

4) Stop giving up my power in the audition room.

Sure, for the most part. 80%. Though this is the exact face I made in a commercial audition where all I had to do was smile at the camera:

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3) Learn how to say No.

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It’s my greatest struggle. I’m giving myself an 85%.

 

2) Get better at figuring out if it’s a professional meeting or a date

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I think my vlog helped. Staying away from a certain element also helped. 99%

 

1) Have fun!

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I did. I had lots of fun. I also had some not-so-fun moments. But here’s the thing. Career-wise, 2015 was my favourite year so far. So maybe I didn’t exactly keep to all my resolutions, or meet all my goals. I am looking forward to another year, though. And I think as artists that’s all we can do. Every year that we stay in the game is a victory, a cause for celebration. What I’ve learned this year is not to be hard on myself and I hope I can impart that wisdom on you. Set unrealistic goals, strive for them, and be okay with putting them off in favour of unexpected opportunities.

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