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Future Casting 2000 Newsletter

March 2001, Vol. 1


- Learn to Unwind
- Business Cards are Great Tools

Can You Get More than 24 Hours in a Day?
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The ideas in this article can be applied to almost any profession, not
just the entertainment industry. At this point in history, we canít fit
anymore than 24 hours into a day. Now that we have cleared that up, we
can begin to see how you can get so much more accomplished in the same
24-hour period that has not allowed you to accomplish most of your goals
in the past. Letís take a look at whether the limit of 24 hours in a day
is responsible for your lack of accomplishments or if it is really you?

There are a lot of reasons why we canít get a lot of the things done that
we would like to get done. Often the reasons are overlooked because
looking at and admitting the truth requires some tough decisions and
plenty of hard work to bring about change.

Letís take a look at why you might not be getting things done. Maybe you
are afraid. Fear can be crippling especially when you are not aware of
it. Like with anything else, you canít remedy a problem that you donít
know or wonít admit exists. If you are in love with someone and you are
afraid that attending to your career may become so hectic that it will
have a negative effect on your relationship, that is an excuse. This
doesnít mean that your fear of causing problems in your relationship is
wrong but that you would get a lot more done in that 24-hour span of time
if you felt that your actions would bring about happiness instead of pain.

Maybe you like it where you live and you donít want to become too
successful because it might require that you move away from your family
and friends. This could keep you from reaching for your goals as well.
After all, it is easier to not pursue something than to work really long
and hard for something and never get it. While this may seem bleak at
best, you will never know if you donít try and if you are successful, you
will look back and every struggle will have been well worth it.

If there are some things that you donít like to do like paperwork for your
career, updating headshots and resumes, being in the studio for long
periods of time, etc, this lack of interest can lead to the demise of your
career. It is hard to do well at something that you hate. The results
will be poor and your career wont move forward. On the other hand, how far
will you go when you love and have a passion for what you do? You will go
farther! The bottom line is that we all get the same 24 hours in each day.
The question is how well are you managing your time? Do you waste a lot
of time or do you find the time and live your life in a way that maximizes
the return on your 24 hours?

Learn to Unwind
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Working in show business is so demanding that it can very easily cause you
to lose touch with friends and family. It can cause you to miss out on a
lot of the things that are important to you. You must constantly remember
to monitor the situation and if you find that you are one-dimensional
(only living as someone who is working in this industry), you may need to
build some playtime into your schedule and reconnect.

When writers get a mental block, they often times get up from the keyboard
and do something fun. It is best for them to do something that is not in
the least bit related to the task at hand. When the creativity hits, they
get back to the keyboard and out comes something far more interesting than
the stiff, forced words that are a result of a broken spirit. To use an
analogy: You are the tools in a mechanics toolbox and at the same time you
are the mechanic. You are the product and everything flows from you. If
the tools are not working correctly lately, you (the mechanic) must fix
them.

There are some great graphics and special effects software programs on the
market today, but if a graphic artist lacks imagination and creativity or
is burned out, you will not get any work from him/her that is useful.
He/she needs to take a break. The more he or she gets to hang out for a
minute, bounce some ideas off a few friends or colleagues or even spend
some quiet time alone to get a clear head and a fresh start, the more
she/he can bring to the table.

Since entertainment is about life, it may become very difficult to imitate
life if you arenít living it. If you are an actor and get a role where
you play a recluse, a stagnant life may be perfect research for character
development. If you are a songwriter and you want to write a really sad
and lonely song, this approach may work as well. It may become a bit more
difficult to write a fun song with a current theme if you have no fun in
your life and donít know what todayís generation is doing.

Learn to unwind and you will probably learn a lot more than you intend to
and that can be a very good thing. The more you experience in life, the
deeper your well for drawing characteristics and inspiration for your
work. We are in the ďpeople businessĒ and it only makes sense to know and
hang out with people so that you can do what people do. Even if you
arenít hanging out with the people, periodically you should hang out where
the people are. You will learn which buttons to push to get certain
reactions or to create specific feelings in others. This is great
because, you have a little fun and do some serious research at the same
time. Learning to unwind can have a bigger affect on your career than you
ever thought.

Business Cards are Great Tools
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Business cards are a great way to network in the entertainment industry.
If you get a business card from someone, make good use if it. If the card
is from someone that you want to keep in touch with, write on the back of
the card where and when you met this person and what the person means to
you. For example, if we get a business card from Mr. Smith of ABC Agency
during a Future Casting 2000 seminar, write on the back of his card:
(06/01/01 - Mr. Bill Smith Ė Future Casting 2000 Seminar-LA. Good contact
for knowing which agents are getting lots of work for talent). You should
offer your card if you have one. File the card away because you never
know when you might work with the person or need to give them a call and
you will know where you met. Mr. Smith will be much more helpful if he
can remember whom it is that he is talking to. He will be able to
remember you because you can say, ďMr. Smith, itís Maria Norwood we met at
the Future Casting 2000 Seminar in LA back in June and you said I could
call you about LA agencies that were getting lots of work.Ē Now he knows
who you are and he wants to keep his promise so you get the requested
information.

If you can walk into a meeting, party or audition and remember that the
guy you are talking to is a major player in the industry, you may be able
to use that information to your benefit. It would be a terrible thing if
you spend 10 minutes shooting the breeze with someone at a party only to
realize later, that you had actually met before and you could have used
that opportunity to get to know him/her a little better for professional
reasons. Putting notes on business cards can help you remember someone
youíve met before.

When you create your business cares, be sure that your business card tells
the key points about you. If you give someone your business card, it
should tell all the important facts about you: name, skills, contact info,
photo, etc. While you may not be able to make the person receiving your
card remember where or how you met them, they can look at your card and
say, ďThatís rightÖsheís a choreographer.Ē If they need a choreographer
or a colleague asks them to recommend someone, they will know to pass your
name and number on because the fact that you are a choreographer is right
there in black and white.

To read the conclusion to the "Business Cards Are Great Tools" article, go
to this page on the site:
http://www.futurecasting2000.com/newsletter.htm


Past Article to Read
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Vacation Time? Maybe Not!
http://www.futurecasting2000.com/newsletters/may00vol2.htm

Past Article to Read
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No Matter How You Slice It Ė Time is Money.
http://www.futurecasting2000.com/newsletters/nov00vol1.htm

Past Article to Read
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No Matter How You Slice It Ė Time is Money.
http://www.futurecasting2000.com/newsletters/nov00vol1.htm

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