Comedy Goals for 2012

For the past three years, I set goals at the start of the year and then reviewed how I did at the end of the year [see 20112010 and 2009]. I feel like this is working for me, so here go my goals for this year. I was able to have fewer goals this year (25 down from 30 last year) and then whittled down my top 6 (it was a top 10 last year, less goals = more focus). Meaning, if I nail these 6 goals, and don’t achieve a single one of the others, I’ll consider it a very good year.

Performing:
– Perform in 400 shows and 300 open mics
– Do 50 road gigs
– Kill for 10 sets in a row
– Have 5 killer 30+ minute sets
– Become a regular at two new NYC clubs (where I perform at least once a week)
– Get consistent paid work with two new out of town bookers
– Perform in 5 comedy fesitvals/competitions


Writing:
– Create 24 new “A” minutes of material
– Write at least 3 more episodes of my sitcom idea
– Tweet one “current news” joke a day
– Conduct and post 24 new “Hi-Tech Comedy” interviews

Learning:
– Continue at least bi-weekly with my 1 on 1 acting coach
– Take 2 improv or sketch classes
– Become intermediate to advanced in Apple Final Cut X and Motion X

Producing:
– Get at least one episode of my sitcom pilot produced
– Create and post 12 video sketches
– Run a weekly comedy show with average attendance of fifteen audience members

Acting:
– Go out on 24 auditions
– Book 3 paid acting gigs
– Get a TV credit

Video Editing:
– Film and/or edit 25 videos for other projects (not counting stand up gigs)

Traffic, Marketing and Financials:
– Sell out my first order of DVDs (details coming soon)
– Sell 1,000 album downloads on iTunes (details coming soon)
– Earn $15,000 from entertainment business related income
– Get affordable health insurance (welcome to America 2012, where this is a comedy goal)

Top 6 Goals (from the above)
– Create 24 new “A” minutes of material
– Kill for 10 sets in a row
– Get at least one episode of my sitcom pilot produced
– Become a regular at two new NYC clubs (where I perform at least once a week)
– Film and/or edit 25 videos for other projects (not counting stand up gigs)
– Perform in 400 shows and 300 open mics

5 Replies to “Comedy Goals for 2012”

  1. Ben:

    Your annual goals are always amazing. I was fortunate to meet you during my 1st year in comedy and learned how to measure my successes (and failures) from goal setting. What I appreciate most about your honesty is how you’ll review your goals *to the world* at the end of each year. You always aim high, kept a strong focus, and never allow the minor defeats get you down. Keep up the good work, and I’m looking forward to working with you this year. Oh yeah….2012 is gonna rock!

    All the best!

    W-

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