2016 Goals Revisited

On January 1st, 2016 I posted my goals for this 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 (5 out of 8 accomplished)

  • Perform 700 times this year: including 350 club spots and 20 college shows
    Performed 678 times including 481 club spots and 4 college shows. While I came up short for college shows and a few shows short overall, I’m counting this as accomplished since I fully exceeded my club spot goal. For next year, I’m splitting the college shows into a separate goal.
  • Headline (40+ minutes) 25 times
    Headlined 7 times.
  • Become a regular (at least twice a month) at one new comedy club
    Became a regular at one new club.
  • Do a stand-up set on TV
    I filmed a set for season 3 of FOX Laughs at the end of September. (Still waiting for it to air.)
  • Do a NACA Showcase
    Did not do a NACA showcase
  • Submit to 3 comedy festivals, perform in 1 comedy festival
    Submitted to 4 comedy festivals plus a bunch of NACA showcases. Performed in 1 comedy festival (that I didn’t submit for).
  • Go on 30 acting auditions
    Went on 38 auditions
  • Book at least one acting gig from an audition
    Had some callbacks, but did not book any acting gigs from auditions.

Writing/Producing (3.5 out of 6 accomplished)

  • Write for at least 15 minutes a day for 300 days this year
    Wrote 334 days this year.
  • Create 30 new minutes of material that I try on stage, turn 10 of those minutes into “A” jokes
    Tried 30+ new minutes of material on stage this year, at least ten of them are “A” jokes (in September I did 50+ minutes of material that I didn’t record on my album the previous year).
  • Write a packet for Last Week Tonight
    Wrote the packet.
  • Pitch my reality show sizzle reel to 5 production companies
    Pitched multiple reels to multiple places, this is all currently still in process, so gonna count it as 50% completed.
  • Get hired to write on a TV show
    Did not get hired to write for TV show, although I’ve been writing more punch up this year than in previous years.
  • Create and release 4 video sketches
    Did not release any real video sketches. Although I put out one rap song that’s also a music video and did a bunch of editing for a friend’s videos.

Learning (0 out of 1 goals accomplished)

  • Take one class
    Did not take a class.

Financials (2 out of 3 goals accomplished)

  • Earn $40,000 from entertainment related business income
    Did not earn $40k.
  • Get my new album in the iTunes or Amazon best selling charts
    My new album was as high as #5 on Amazon.
  • Sell 50 copies of my book after shows (does not count Amazon and B&N sales)
    Sold 45 copies of my book after shows. Counting this as close enough.

Misc (0 out of 1 goals accomplished)

  • Get and then keep my weight under 170 pounds
    I got my weight under 170 pounds like 3 times all year. 

Top 8 Goals (5.5 out of 8 accomplished)

  • Perform 700 times this year: including 350 club spots and 20 college shows Yes
  • Do a stand-up set on TV Yes
  • Do a NACA Showcase No
  • Create 30 new minutes of material that I try on stage, turn 10 of those minutes into “A” jokes Yes
  • Write a packet for Last Week Tonight Yes
  • Pitch my reality show sizzle reel to 5 production companies In process
  • Get hired to write on a TV show No 
  • Get my album in the iTunes or Amazon best selling charts Yes

2015 Comedy Goals

For the past six years, I set goals at the start of the year and then reviewed how I did at the end of the year [see 2014, 2013201220112010 and 2009]. I feel like this is working for me, in the sense of helping me focus my time, so here go my goals for this year. I have more goals this year (17 down from 14 last year) and then whittled down my top 8 (it was a top 6 last year, I don’t feel good about having this many, but all of them are important). If I nail 5 out of these 8 goals, and don’t achieve a single one of the others, I’ll consider it a very good year.

Performing

– Perform in 350 comedy club shows, 150 bar shows and 200 open mics. Emcee 100 of those 700 spots

– Do 20 or more sets of 30+ minutes

– Become a regular at one new NYC club (where I perform at least once a week)

– Get 7 industry opportunities (TV stand up audition, filmed as talking head, get an agent and/or manager, writing submission, magazine coverage, etc.)

– Submit for 9 festivals, perform in 3 festivals

– Do a stand-up set on TV

– Get my two person specialty show booked 15 times

 

 

Writing 

– Write for at least 15 minutes a day for 330 days in the year

– Create 30 new minutes of usable material. Turn 10 of those 30 minutes into  “A” material

– Write one new TV or Film script

– Get paid to write for others on a consistent basis

 

Learning 

– Take one class

 

Web Content 

– Have Russian Optimism mentioned in 18 articles, at least 3 of which are on well known sites

– Create (at least two of three: write, direct and edit) 6 new comedy videos and post them online

– Tweet one joke a day at least 25 days per month

– Get 500 new email addresses from shows or my website

– Create at least thirty episodes (45-90 seconds each) of my reddit idea

 

Financials (0 out of 1 goal accomplished):

– Earn $30,000 from entertainment business related income

 

Top 8 Goals (from the above) 

– Perform in 350 comedy club shows, 150 bar shows and 200 open mics. Emcee 100 of those 700 spots

– Get 7 industry opportunities

– Do a stand-up set on TV

– Create 30 new minutes of usable material. Turn 10 of those 30 minutes into  “A” material

– Get paid to write for others on a consistent basis

– Have Russian Optimism mentioned in 18 articles, at least 3 of which are on well known sites

– Create (at least two of three: write, direct and edit) 6 new comedy videos and post them online

– Create at least thirty episodes (45-90 seconds each) of my reddit idea

2014 Comedy Goals Revisited

On January 1st, 2014 I posted my goals for this 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 (5.75 out of 6 goals accomplished):
– Perform in 450 comedy club shows, 100 bar shows and 100 open mics. And Emcee 100 of those spots.
I was on stage 628 times this year:  285 comedy club shows, 158 bars shows (89 of these in separate, almost club like rooms) and 182 open mics. Emceed 63 times (49 shows, 14 mics) – 75% accomplished
– Do 30 road gigs
Did 34 road gigs
– Do 5 or more sets of 30+ minutes
Did 13 sets of 30+ minutes
– Become a regular at one new NYC club (where I perform at least once a week)
Started performing at one new NYC club on a regular basis
– Get 5 industry opportunities (TV stand up audition, filmed as talking head, get an agent and/or manager, writing submission, etc.)
Had 7: two writing packets, two acting auditions, had TimeOut NY Joke of the Week, filmed something for National Geographic and FOX’s Laughs
– Submit to 6 festivals, get accepted to 3
Submitted to 7 festivals. Got accepted to 3, went to 1. (2 submissions will not be announced until after the New Year)

   

Writing (1.75 out of 3 goal accomplished):
– Write for at least 30 minutes a day for 300 days in the year
I wrote 340 days, but most days were closer to 15-20 minutes than 30 minutes – 75% accomplished
– Create 20 new minutes of usable material. Turn 5 of those 20 minutes into  “A” material.
Created more than twenty minutes of useable material, and at least five I’d consider “A”
– Write one new TV or Film script
Did not write one new TV or Film script, did write a late night submission packet though

   

Learning (0 out of 1 goals accomplished):
– Take one class
Did not take any classes

   

Web Content (1 goal and two half goals of three goals accomplished):
– Continue putting out the weekly podcast, get 10,000 downloads on the year
Continued putting out The Passive Aggressive Podcast every week. Had over 9,000 downloads for the year.
– Sell and publish my book idea (traditional or kick starter)
My book was published and is available here
– Put out my new web series and get at least one episode to 100,000 views
I put out 16 episodes of The Black Jew Jew Review, did not get any episode past 5,000 views.

   

Financials (0 out of 1 goal accomplished):
– Earn $25,000 from entertainment business related income
Did not earn $25,000 from entertainment related income

   

Top 6 Goals (from the above) – 2 Goals accomplished, 2 Goals 75% accomplished, 2 Goals 50% accomplished – 4.5 out of 6 cumulative score
– Perform in 450 comedy club shows, 100 bar shows and 100 open mics. And Emcee 100 of those spots.
– Write for at least 30 minutes a day for 300 days in the year
– Create 20 new minutes of usable material. Turn 5 of those 20 minutes into  “A” material.
– Continue putting out the weekly podcast, get 10,000 downloads on the year
– Sell and publish my book idea (traditional or kick starter)
– Put out my new web series and get at least one episode to 100,000 views

2014 Comedy Goals

For the past five years, I set goals at the start of the year and then reviewed how I did at the end of the year [see 2013201220112010 and 2009]. I feel like this is working for me, in the sense of helping me focus my time, so here go my goals for this year. I was able to have fewer goals this year (14 down from 21 last year) and then whittled down my top 6 (it was a top 3 last year, I don’t feel good about having this many, but all of them are important). 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 450 comedy club shows, 100 bar shows and 100 open mics. And Emcee 100 of those spots.
– Do 30 road gigs
– Do 5 or more sets of 30+ minutes
– Become a regular at one new NYC club (where I perform at least once a week)
– Get 5 industry opportunities (TV stand up audition, filmed as talking head, get an agent and/or manager, writing submission, etc.)
– Submit to 6 festivals, get accepted to 3

 

Writing:
– Write for at least 30 minutes a day for 300 days in the year
– Create 20 new minutes of usable material. Turn 5 of those 20 minutes into  “A” material.
– Write one new TV or Film script

 

Learning:
– Take one class

 

Web Content:
– Continue putting out the weekly podcast, get 10,000 downloads on the year
– Sell and publish my book idea (traditional or kick starter)
– Put out my new web series and get at least one episode to 100,000 views

 

Financials:
– Earn $25,000 from entertainment business related income

 

Top 6 Goals (from the above)
– Perform in 450 comedy club shows, 100 bar shows and 100 open mics. And Emcee 100 of those spots.
– Write for at least 30 minutes a day for 300 days in the year
– Create 20 new minutes of usable material. Turn 5 of those 20 minutes into  “A” material.
– Continue putting out the weekly podcast, get 10,000 downloads on the year
– Sell and publish my book idea (traditional or kick starter)
– Put out my new web series and get at least one episode to 100,000 views

 

2013 Comedy Goals Revisited

On January 1st, 2013 I posted my goals for this 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 (3 out of 8 goals accomplished):

– Perform in 325 comedy club shows, 175 bar shows and 150 open mics. And Emcee 100 of those spots.

I did 699 shows total. 425 club spots, 133 bar shows and 141 open mics. I emceed 112 of those spots (81 shows and 31 mics)

– Do 3 stand up auditions for TV industry decision makers.

Did not do any official TV auditions

– Do 5 or more sets of 30+ minutes

Did 4 sets of 30+ minutes

– Kill for 10 sets in a row

Don’t remember doing this, so probably not

– Become a regular at one new NYC club (where I perform at least once a week)

Because a regular in two new places

– Perform in 5 comedy festivals/competitions

Did two festivals

– Do 25 road gigs

Did 14 road gigs

– Get consistent paid work with one new out of town bookers

Got consistent paid work with a couple of new bookers

 

Writing (3 out of 4 goals accomplished):

– Write for at least 30 minutes a day for 300 days in the year

Sat and wrote 323 days of the year. Didn’t use a timer though, but it was in the 20-40 minute range

– Create 20 new minutes of usable material. Turn 5 of those 20 minutes into “A” material.

I’m still tightening some of the newer material but I have at least 20 new minutes. And at least 5 of them are “A” minutes

– Write one new TV or Film script

I wrote one TV late night submission packet, which is a kind of TV script

– Write 12 sketches or short films

I wrote fewer than 12 sketches / short films

 

Learning (0 out of 1 goal accomplished):

– Take 2 improv or sketch classes

I did not take any classes this year

 

Producing/Video Editing (1.5 out of 3 goals accomplished):

– Write, film, edit and post 4 short films or sketches

I wrote, filmed, edited and posted 1 short film. I have another 16 sketches that I wrote, filmed and edited but they won’t be posted until February 2014

– Run a weekly comedy show with average attendance of twelve audience members

I ran two weekly comedy shows but the average attendance was closer to eight people

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

Did not do this

 

Traffic, Marketing and Financials (0 out of 5 goals accomplished):

– Earn $20,000 from entertainment business related income

Did not earn $20k

– Post a stand up shot on reedit twice a week

Did not post twice a week

– Sell out of my DVDs

Did not sell out of my DVDs. Buy one here

– Sell 200 album downloads on iTunes

Did not sell 200 downloads

– Build Garden Variety Comedy fan base to 10,000 views and 100 subscribers.

Did not reach those numbers

 

Top 3 Goals (from the above) (3 out of 3 goals accomplished)

– Perform in 325 comedy club shows, 175 bar shows and 150 open mics. And Emcee 100 of those spots.

– Write for at least 30 minutes a day for 300 days in the year

– Create 20 new minutes of usable material. Turn 5 of those 20 minutes into “A” material.

 

Overall: I accomplished 7.5 out of 21 goals. I feel good about my comedy year, I accomplished all of my top 3 goals and I came close to a lot of other goals that I didn’t quite reach. I also started a weekly podcast that wasn’t on the agenda at the start of the year that has 32 episodes and counting.