A Simple Step That Can Make a Huge Difference in Your Entertainment Career

The data behind writing down your goals is staggering, it makes a huge difference. We show you how to use this simple step to make you a more valuable, marketable job candidate:

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Brian Clapp, WorkinEntertainment.com Director of Content: I have never been one of those people that wrote down their goals, plastered them on the walls or always had something to aim for in my career or life in general. I’ve kind of taken it a day at a time, flying through, making things happen without much thought behind it.

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If you want to work in film or television and realize you need a specific skill to get there, set a goal write it down and you’re more likely to complete the task

When I look back I wish I had done a better job of having goals, and writing them down primarily because the evidence and data is staggering. According to a a study conducted by Gail Matthews, Ph.D., at the Dominican University, individuals with written goals achieved approximately 50% more of their goals than those without written goals.

We’re living in a data driven world and these statistics are worth listening to.

Just to hammer down the point here are some poignant sayings I had nothing to do with:

• “Write your goals down, if they are not written down they are just dreams” – Brian Kim
• “Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning is he is reaching out and striving for his goals.” Aristotle (I couldn’t find a link to his blog?)
• “If you don’t know where you are going, you might end up someplace else” – Yogi Berra
• “Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life” – Les Brown, American speaker and author

My suggestion is to make your goals short term, specific and attainable. Study what employers need, see if you have any weaknesses in this regard and make a goal to learn something, for example:
• Over the next three months I will learn Microsoft CRM
• I will take an online class to learn Final Cut Pro editing by June
• By Thanksgiving I will learn how Google Adwords works and the strategies behind it
• In the next three years I’m going to acquire all the skills necessary to find a job behind the scenes in broadcasting

Goals are something you can’t give up on, no matter how hard it gets to see the finish line, “The biggest piece of advice I can give is the biggest cliche there is – don’t give up,” says NFL on Fox Sideline Reporter Laura Okmin.

“I don’t remember how many tapes I sent out before I finally got my break, but it definitely wasn’t my first or my 10th. I made 10 thousand dollars for my first job in Montgomery, Alabama working sports on the weekends and news during the week. It took a long time to crack that door open but I was there just one year until I moved up to Chattanooga, Tennessee. That first door was the hardest to push open. I’m so thankful that I kept pushing.”

Feeling motivated?

About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for WorkinSports.com & WorkinEntertainment.com.

Recently Brian has become addicted to Google+ and LinkedIn so add him to your circles and make him a contact. No seriously, you should.