So 2014 is off to a pretty good start. I’ve been trying to use a time management software app to help keep me on task and making sure I don’t waste time. It’s called “Timesheet” on Android and it’s been pretty useful. It would be flawless if it was able to reach up and smack me on the back of the head whenever I procrastinate. I hope that will be an added feature in the update.
So from time management to career management – I’ve added a new member to Team World Domination. Peter Meyer, long-time and successful manager and former agent is now also my manager, amazingly. It’s very exciting – Peter’s been in the industry for a long time and has some very good working clients in the business. And he takes on only a few clients, so I’m really honored he would come on board as both a manager and a mentor. Plans for world domination continue forward, unabated!
This past week, we also submitted an application for funding for the Oak Creek documentary. It’s the first of several such funding deadlines, so it was good to get one under our belt so we can use a similar format for future applications coming up.
Aside from that, spent this week re-writing a script that needs a push as well as updating a business plan for The Infectedso we can hopefully get financing and make it happen.
Okay, back to writing/definitely not checking my Facebook page and Twitter feed.
The most important thing that has happened since I posted on Christmas Eve is that I have finally officially set up my desk. This sounds so mundane that just to even type it my fingers started to snore. But it’s super critical – and not just because I finally bought a new computer system, ready for an updated version of Avid and Premiere.
In college, my screenwriting professor Terry Lawson told us that one of the best pieces of advice he had been given as a writer was: “Before you do anything, clean your room.” This wasn’t meant to be metaphoric – actually go and clean your room. I started to do this after that and by golly it works – for me, at least. When you focus on cleaning your room, you’re purely task oriented and goal driven. The goal is a clean room – there’s a finish line.
The creative process is often not so straightforward. It’s circular or zig-zagging, high and low, up and down. The finish line isn’t always clear and sometimes it doesn’t even exist. But cleaning the room (or desk) gives the satisfaction of accomplishment. And prevents an easy way to procrastinate later, of doing something else instead of writing.
I swear by it, and try to do it whenever I sit down to write or edit. Something about it gets me ready, gets me prepared and clears my head of non-creative practical life-management work. So it actually does turn out to be metaphoric – clean your room. Get your act together. And then focus.
This is the essential core of my new year’s resolution. And can be applied even more broadly. In 2013 I was cleaning the room – travel around the world, direct a short, shadow on NBC shows, get settled back in Hollywoodland.