I took the weekend and, while not completely knocked down by illness, I was pondering what I wanted to do in 2015. I have a few ideas and they go like this:
Write my book. I have had this idea for a novel, or at least a novella, for more than a year now and I have been unable to get motivated to actually fucking write it. I have even started with something as simple as writing one page a day. Problem is, my schedule is so all over the place, that I never have a consistent writing time throughout the day, so it always manages to get lost and then, before I know it, a year has gone by and I have have 14 official pages. Not good. So, how will I achieve this goal you ask? I am going to devote one hour per day to writing. I am going to schedule it in, just like I would a meeting or other appointment. I carry my iPad around with me almost everywhere and my iPhone, literally everywhere I go, so sitting down for one hour a day and writing is something that I will have no excuse for any longer.
Publish a coffee table photography book. Before I began shooting motion pictures, I started with shooting pictures. I learn the craft on 35mm film. So you actually had to think about your shots and not just hold down the shutter and see if you can fix it on the computer later. No, you had to compose the shot. You had to meter the light. You had to choose what type of film you were going to use to give you that look and feel you want, that emotion to be evoked. I have shot this way, off and on, for the better part of 18 years. So I don’t know if it will be simply going back through all of the negatives and compiling from there, or taking the next year and shooting all new, or a combination of the two. However, by the time Fall 2015 rolls around, I will have compiled a new book all set for publication, whether that is self published or not is a whole other conversation.
Shoot the first season of the TV show currently in development. I have said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m always thinking of ways to do different things. I never stop thinking. Late last year I had the idea to get back into television content. I was in this space years ago and decided that I wanted to get back in to it. I have assembled a small team and we are developing the content as I type and will hopefully be bring this idea to reality soon. Our goal is to begin shooting in the Spring and be airing in the late Summer, early Fall.
Expand Diesel Pictures. Diesel Pictures is my production company. Our happy place is storytelling. We like working with agencies and companies alike that want to connect with their customers in a way that makes them feel connected, rather than simply tell about their product or service. My fiancé and I moved to a new market last year and I need to be better about getting my company out in the public eye. I would like to gain two new clients every quarter for the year. In order to do this, I’m going to need to get off my ass more and get out there and meet new people and become more connected. This has always been something I have hated, selling myself. I just don’t think I’m any good at it and when you have that mindset going into something, you’re really not setting yourself up for success. I need to be OK with hearing ‘no’ and be willing to shrug it off and move on. So, eight new clients by the end of the year.
Read more. Reading is something that I love doing and I used to do it all of the time. I loved nothing more than curling up on the couch or sitting in my chair with a cup of coffee, or tea in the summer, and read. I would easily get lost in a book for hours, sometimes days, and not come up for air until I was closing the cover following the last printed word. Then Netflix happened. Netflix is both awesome and awful for someone like me. I love film and TV. Occupational hazard I guess, and it has afforded me to spend the time that I would normally have the TV turned off and totally immersed in what ever world I was reading about, watching TV. Entertaining, yes. Knowledge expanding and productive, no. A big, fat, no. My fiancé has a goal to read 12 books for this year. I think that sounds like an excellent idea and I would like to have that be one of my goals as well. 12 books. If you’ve read any good ones, let me know. I like to read anything.
Live life. This one is a little more meta. I believe that life is a collection of experiences. I don’t want to have the same experiences that I’ve had before. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of things that I really love doing and I’ll keep doing those because they bring such great joy. But, I don’t want to just do those things. I want to get out there and do something new, something exciting, something that may have scared me in the past or something that I haven’t even thought of yet. I want to experience six new things in 2015. That could be any number of things, but I want to actively add to my collection of experiences that make up me. Any ideas, shoot them my way.
So, that’s it. No resolutions, just goals. Please keep an eye on this space for more updates about how I’m progressing. Stand back everyone, I’m about about the kick the shit out of 2015!!!