Time is such an important part of the LA dream journey.
In the beginning, everyone wants to know HOW LONG it will take to make things happen.
Many people spend years and years with no real success.
Some people put a time limit on their dreams. Like, "If I don't make it in 5 years, I'll move back home."
And then there's me.
I landed my first TV show within just two weeks.
I didn't wait years and years before seeing my own success. I also never put a time limit on my dreams.
How do you want to fit into those extremes?
Most likely, you want your success to happen as soon as possible. Obviously, I did, too.
So I want to share with you two techniques to speed up that time; to help you make progress faster.
These are techniques that I use all the time. And I've seen it work for others like a charm.
Essentially, they are solutions to problems that we encounter while going after that big dream job.
Problem #1: We go around in circles, not making progress.
Solution: Try something new.
This is a tough one. Because we don't want to hear it. Our ego wants so badly to be patted on the back. "Good job! You're doing all the right things, so I'm sure it will happen!"
We don't want to hear, "Maybe you should try something different."
Because that will feel like we are wrong. And no one likes to be wrong.
But it isn't about being right or wrong. It's about doing things that work, and things that don't work.
If you've been working hard, and aren't seeing results, TRY SOMETHING NEW.
It's as simple as that. We can go round and round in circles, doing the same thing and hoping for a different result. But after it's proven not to work, it's time to move on to something else. For example, if you're dream is to work in production on a TV show, and you spend tons of time applying to positions that you find online,* but haven't received one phone call, or haven't landed any interviews or jobs from that technique, then try something different.
*BT Dubs, you'll never get a job in production on a network scripted TV show via applying online. The only shows that may post openings on a job board are reality and non-union.
Problem #2: We hang around the same negative people.
Solution: Meet new people who have helpful ideas.
Do you have any people in your life right now who don't really get what you want to do? Or what about people who say they get it, but you feel like you can't really talk to them about it.
This can have a really big effect on your career. Let me give you an example:
I have some friends who are really nice people. We have fun when we hang out. But I have really big dreams, and I don't always feel comfortable talking to them about these big dreams. They are "surface supportive", where they seem supportive on the surface, but you know they are either judging you on the inside, or they don't open those doors for you.
Then I have another group of friends. These friends are also nice people. We also have fun when we hang out. And we can also talk about our BIG DREAMS! I can say to them, "I want to buy a million dollar house in the hills", and they don't laugh at me. They say, "Ok cool. So what are you doing to try to make that happen and how can I help?"
Can you see the difference? Not only do I have people who support my dreams, but they are interested in helping me make it happen as fast as possible. So they will introduce me to people who can help me. Or they give me new ideas to try. They are invested in helping.
Connecting with these types of people can make a huge difference.
Who are you hanging out with? Are you spending time with people who are excited when you say, "I want to move to LA and have a career in the film industry"? Do they want to help you? If you're not sure, you can usually tell by your gut feeling of whether or not you feel comfortable sharing this dream with them.
I'm constantly evaluating my relationships and I focus my time on those who support me. When I do this, my success seems to skyrocket. Yours will too, when you start paying attention.