This is the official Part Two of How To Gain Career Traction With Two Easy Actions: Commit to your career like you commit to your exercise!
I can’t tell you how many time this has played out in my Television Hosting classes. I ask my students how often do you workout? and invariably the majority will respond in unison, 5 days a week. It makes sense. I teach on-camera skills. It’s a visual medium. There’s almost always someone who says, I’m doing CrossFit 6 days a week. Trust me, it shows. They are in great shape.
Then I ask how often do you practice hosting and put yourself on camera? How many hours per week do you work on your career with intention? and I just get blank stares like Barb, what are you talking about?
This is what I’m talking about: You’ve got to treat your career like a business and make the same commitment to run it successfully as you do to your body.
I don’t mean that you have to be make and post videos everyday – but you could – I’m saying there are several facets to your career and you should work on at least one of them every day if you want to move from Dream to Goal to Action to Reality.
In addition of putting yourself on camera…do research on the entertainment industry and case studies of people who are a little but further ahead of you in their hosting careers and are crushing it (why and how they are succeeding), identify producers, executives and casting directors you need to know and want to market yourself to (start a spread sheet and update it regularly), build relationships with them, network – use LinkedIn and social media – tighten your marketing materials, take trainings in related areas (comedy improv, storytelling, writing, production, editing) and in professional skills (marketing, managing a small business).
Set goals every week for at least one thing you want to accomplish and schedule it in your calendar. If you stick to this you will create momentum and make a difference in your career. Guaranteed.