I spent Saturday at Sand Dune Park in the morning, watching Polo and playing frisbee at a friend’s birthday party at a state park in the afternoon, and attending an outdoor cinema showing of When Harry Met Sally at Santa Monica High School in the evening. Sunday I played beach volleyball, then hung out around the house reading blogs and a book. Ah, my carefree summer plan is off to a good start! But…
…I have goals…things I’d like to do and accomplish. The problem is there are so many, and I’m afraid that might spoil my plans for a relaxing summer if I take on too much. So, I’m laying it all out there and seeing what you think I should do.
Goal #1: Long-form documentary
I’ve been really inspired by some documentaries I’ve seen recently, like Tiny, which is about a couple building a tiny house in Colorado. I have also gotten a lot of inspiration from Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, The Long Way Down, And Morgan Spurlock’s Inside Man.
For a long time I wondered what my subject would be, but I have since come up with something I think is pretty cool. I don’t want to talk about it too much (in fear of jinxing it), but it has something to do with the “entrepreneurial spirit.”
Pros: It would be a huge accomplishment for me. In the book I’m reading about stress, it says one key to reduce stress is to find meaning in what you do for a living. I’ve always wanted to produce something that would hopefully inspire or move people. I think it would give me something that could maybe help make me like what I do for a living, which can often feel soulless at times.
Cons: Producing it would be a HUGE undertaking, and I have no idea how to start. The three big obstacles are time, money, and other resources. I would also need to rely heavily on other people, something that when it comes to creative endeavors, I’m not always good about doing. Basically of all the goals, this would be the biggest challenge, but with possibly a huge payoff, and not necessarily financially, in fact, probably not much of a payoff there at all. To raise money would be…well it’s something I don’t even know how to begin to do.
Goal #2: Short Videos & Skits
Something else I’ve been wanting to do is write more short skits for viral-type videos and BATB TV. I’ve enjoyed making the ones I’ve done so far, and hopefully people have liked them, but I haven’t been making as many as I’d hope so far this year.
Pros: A little bit easier to find time and resources for this type of project. It doesn’t require a huge undertaking, and the payoff is pretty instant. I could also play around with making a bigger variety of them because they don’t take a huge amount of time to make.
Cons: It still requires organizing resources, like people to be in the skits, which sometimes makes me want to bang my head against a wall. Since most talent volunteers their time, no one is really agonizing over their schedule to make it happen, so trying to get everyone together is like herding cats. Also, I can’t keep asking camera people to work for free. I can always use my iPhone to shoot, but overall, it’s not very professional, and right now I don’t want to spend money on a camera. And if I’m in the video, who will run camera?
Goal #3: Learn more about web design/management
There is another part of me that thinks I should be taking the time to invest in myself as a professional, and to expand my knowledge base. Since WordPress is such a common platform now, knowing that model more could be beneficial in the long run.
Pros: Having new skills can help me out as a freelancer to earn more income other than video editing. It doesn’t require any out-of-reach resources, in fact the cost is pretty minimal at approximately $30/month if I use a site like Lynda.com to learn new things. And I can cancel at any time.
Cons: It’s not as “sexy” a goal as the other ones, and I don’t even know if I’d like doing web design or management after I start getting into it. I don’t know if I’d get bored with it once I start.
Goal # 4: Learn the Ukulele
This was something I had on my original 2014 goals, but it became sort of a “stretch goal” when I realized that I wasn’t sure I wanted to invest in a Ukulele and/or classes. Well it turns out I can borrow my producer’s Uke, and I was going to take a class for $125, but thought what I’d try first was just spending $3 on an app that says it can teach you easily.
Pros: It’s the much mellower of the three goals, meaning it would fit into my carefree summer mold. It’s also a very low-risk investment because if I don’t like it, I only spent $3. But if I do like it, how cool would it be that I finally learned how to play a musical instrument and could play and sing with friends?
Cons: It doesn’t really help me in any way, shape, or form professionally like the other three goals. It’s simply something fun to try and that’s about it.
So readers, I’d love for you to weigh in! Any thoughts about what I should do or how I could approach all of these goals somehow? Do you ever find yourself having too many goals and too little time?