Most writers dream of being published and most actors dream of being cast. Whatever your dream, here are four steps you can take to get you from Point A to Point B.
Narrow Your Focus
If you’re like most creative minds, your ideas and thoughts tend to go everywhere. If you’re a writer, you may have ideas for several characters that you must either find a use for or decide which to eliminate. Or you may have several book ideas floating around in your head at the same time. If your characters are literally coming to life as you create them, your avenue might very well be film. If you spend hours watching and uploading your own videos to Youtube or Yahoo! Screen, these are tell-tale signs that a producer lives inside you. It’s time to narrow your focus. Look at each aspect of what you have been working on as a separate project. If it’s that one book, focus on one moment in time in order to breathe life into the character(s) you need at that moment. If the thriller and the romance novel are headed for a collision, pull one off to the side of the road and choose to work on the one whose plot is developing more fluidly in your mind. To satisfy the director in you, take time away from the videos uploaded by others and use that time to explore your own ideas master your own craft. Narrow your focus.
Hone Your Skill
Fifteen minutes a day. That’s it. Dedicate a minimum of 15 minutes each day mastering your craft. Good writers don’t just read their own works. Be sure to take time reading favorite authors, studying the way a film is edited, sounds, music, voice inflections used by actors, etc. When you watch Youtube videos, note what viewers like most about the clip. Was it comedic timing, specific lines that became well-known catch phrases, or something else? Study your favorites. Study the best, always asking, “What draws fans to this person’s work?”
Consider Your Audience
What do we have without an audience? Unread books. Unwatched videos. Unseen actors. While it is true that the greatest works are meaningless without someone to see it, it is also true that a work produced with no regard for the audience is destined to flop. So how do you consider audience? The answer is simple: Whom do you envision enjoying your content? Is it people in your age group? Children? Blue collar workers? Home makers? Building Contractors? The general public? Once you’ve established your audience, you should begin imagining them sitting down to enjoy your work. With that in mind, you will shape your words, music, timing, setting, everything to fit that particular audience. If you anticipate a general audience, you will likewise, develop your content for a general population.
Unless you are writing or producing material that is somber or serious in nature, you should enjoy the journey. When people see the finished product, they should be able to capture a bit of your experience in the process.