2011 Comedy Goals Revisited

On January 1st, 2011 I posted my comedy goals for the coming year. Since it’s the last day of the year, it’s time to go through them and see how I did. Black text is the original goal and bold text is how I did.

Performing (2 out of 7 accomplished):

  • Get on stage 700 times
    I was on stage 753 times
  • Do 25 road gigs
    I did less than 25 road gig
  • Perform in 5 sketch shows
    Performed in zero live sketch shows
  • Act in 12 web videos
    I acted in 6 short films/web videos. It’s closer to 12 if you count that some of the videos were cut up into multiple shorter videos, but I don’t count it.
  • Perform “How To Find Your Passion” for 24 audiences
    Did the speech less than 24 times
  • Kill for an entire set that is at least thirty minutes long
    Killed for 50 minutes in a 54 minute set, and had a couple of other great long sets, so goal accomplished.
  • Do two feature spots (45-50 minutes of show) at the venue where I did one feature spot last year
    Did one feature spot.

Learning (2.5 out of 4 accomplished):

  • Take an acting class (or 1 on 1 coaching)
    I’ve been getting coached on acting for most of the year.
  • Take two improv classes
    I took one improv class. (I was scheduled for a second, but had stand up gigs get offerred and had to postpone.)
  • Take an advanced stand up class
    Took two advanced classes.
  • Become an expert at Apple Final Cut and Apple Motion
    I got good at Final Cut but am completely lost in Motion.

Commercials (0 out of 3 accomplished):

  • Go on 104 commercial auditions
    Did way fewer auditions .
  • Get 8 commercial call backs
    Got fewer than 8 call backs.
  • Book 3 commercials
    Did not book 3 commercials.

Producing (.5 out of 2 goals accomplished):

  • Continue producing a weekly show
    I had a weekly show until the end of May and then started a bi-weekly show in November.
  • Have an average attendance of fifteen audience members
    The average attendance for these bar shows was less than 15.

Writing (4 out of 10 accomplished):

  • Write every morning
    Did not write every morning.
  • Create 24 new “A” minutes (aka write 240 minutes of stand up and throw out most of it)
    I have about 24 new good minutes from this year. Possibly more.
  • Get up to 25 minutes of killer standup, 35 minutes of solid stand up, and 50 respectable minutes
    The response to the material still depends on the night, but I can do 25, 35 and 50 minutes comfortably.
  • Write 52 sketches
    Did not write 52 sketches.
  • Film, edit and post 15 sketches
    Did less than 15 sketches.
  • Enter five film contests
    Entered one film contest.
  • Write first draft of the “Surviving SCU” script I outlined, then rewrite it twice
    I wrote and rewrote this screenplay multiple times.
  • Choose a show and write a spec script
    Did not write a spec script.
  • Write 52 blog posts that are not performance critiques
    Did not write 52 non performance critique posts.
  • Write a performance critique of every set within ten days of the performance
    I wrote a performance critique of practically every set.

Traffic, Marketing and Financials (.5 out of 4 goals accomplished):

  • Average 2,500 unique visitors a month to the blog
    Averaged 2,100 unique visitors a month
  • Earn $13,500 in entertainment and motivational speaking related activities
    Did not earn $13,500
  • Find a 10-20 hr a week job with health insurance that pays $500 a week
    Found a part-time day job, no health insurance though.
  • Have my ebook downloaded 10,000 times
    Less than 10,000 downloads

TOP 10 GOALS (from the 30 above) – 5.5 / 10 accomplished

  • Get on stage 700 times
    Yes
  • Get 8 commercial call backs
    No
  • Build to 25 minutes of killer standup, 35 minutes of solid stand up, and 50 passable minutes
    Yes
  • Choose a show and write a spec script
    No
  • Perform “How To Find Your Passion” for 24 audiences
    No
  • Write first draft of the “Surviving SCU” script I outlined, then rewrite it twice
    Yes
  • Take an acting class (or 1 on 1 coaching)
    Yes
  • Film, edit and post 15 sketches
    No
  • Kill for an entire set that is at least thirty minutes long
    Yes
  • Become an expert at Apple Final Cut and Apple Motion
    Sorta

Overall: 9.5 / 30. I felt good about my accomplishments for the year until I went through this list. I clearly didn’t do as much as I set out to do but I did an okay job with my top 10 goals.

2012 Goals Coming Tomorrow.

7 Replies to “2011 Comedy Goals Revisited”

  1. What is the effect of setting goals not reached upon your psyche?

    I love the idea of creating goals, but I seriously feel a sadness for you when I read your recaps. Do you keep these goals in mind throughout the year and focus towards accomplishing them? Or do you just set them and say yeah I want to do this that and the other and just continue on your path? Good stuff!

    TS!

  2. Hey Tommy,

    Thanks for the comments.

    I think about the goals (past and present) for a few days right around Jan 1st and then totally forget about them until the end of the year. Then I review them and am like “oh wow, I did that” or “oops, guess that wasn’t important.” I do like to think that putting them down somehow zaps it into my subconscious. And I find it interesting how just thinking about goals even a little each year forces you to prioritize what you’re gonna do.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Best,
    Ben

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