MAKE IT HAPPEN: The Importance of Knowing What You Want

If someone were to ask you what you want to be when you grow up (I’m trying to keep us feeling young here), what would you say? If you’re on this website, my guess is you want to be an actor. But do you know what kind of actor? Do you know what type of work you’d like to do and how to make it happen? If you answered “no” to any of my questions, then let’s figure it out together!

I’ve always known I wanted to be an actor. What type of actor, however, has changed over time. I started out dreaming of being on Broadway, starring in an exciting new musical. I couldn’t imagine a life without musical theatre. It wasn’t until I studied straight acting in college that I realized my aspirations had shifted. I still wanted to be on the stage, but I wanted to become a SERIOUS ACTOR (takes deep inhale of fancy pipe). Fast forward a few years and I realized film and TV was what I wanted.

Once I had a real understanding of what kind of career I wanted, it enabled me to set my sights on something specific. The specificity allowed me to set little goals for myself, making the journey to the destination a little more palatable and achievable. Not only do I now have smaller stepping stones to get me going, I’m also putting into the universe what I want to get back by stating concrete goals. Because I know exactly what I want, I can sign up for the appropriate classes or put myself in front of the right people to help me achieve my dreams.

When you figure out exactly what you want to do, you get a much better idea of how you can actually make it happen. Much like in acting, specificity is key. Determine what your career goals are and find someone in the industry who’s doing it already. Look at their beginnings, and find out what the stepping stones to their success were. Use someone’s real career to set a road map for yourself. Because while running from place to place on a whim may be fun, you’re going to have trouble making real progress in one direction. If you have no clue what you really want, you could find yourself making a bunch of unrelated, lateral moves instead of really going after what it is that you want. And ain’t nobody got time for that!


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