Forced or Self-Imposed Hiatus?

It’s the beginning of November and I haven’t written on my blog since August…

It’s hard to get back into the mind set, as I’ve been at a kind of standstill since the beginning of September.

Has this ever happened to you? I have a game plan, an overview, a list of things that I need to get done, piece by piece, step by step, in order to move forward.

It’s not all encompassing, and doesn’t include all the little, side-line things I need to attend to, but it’s solid, grounded, and direct, attending to the most import things. Right?

And then, nothing. I do nothing. I CAN”T do anything because I have to wait. Wait. Wait…on money. Money, is what I need to move forward with my game plan.

I’ve been working with a coach for some months now, and I’m ready to get a demo made, except I don’t have the cash. The demos I want to make are over $2,000… EACH.

Fair enough, but since there’s nothing I can do about that at the moment, I should be focusing on the those other, side-line things I need to attend to right? The little incidental things that keep me in shape, moving forward, and expand aspects of my business that I NEED to.

But no, I’m not, not so much.

I’m following blogs, doing all my reading, listening to my industry podcasts and watching the VO Community YouTube shows, but….

I haven’t even stepped foot in my booth since Labour Day. Woah. I should be rehearsing.

As I sit here and think about it, I realize that I hate multitasking.

For over a decade now, that was the thing I did most in my work. I ran businesses.

For 2 years I was the Managing Artistic Director of a regional theatre, and oversaw every department and employee for every show (9-10) in a year round season, as well as a 7 month long murder mystery weekend event, and interacted daily with various departments within the resort that the theatre resided at. AND I either Performed in or Directed 70% of the shows we put on. 6 out of 9? 7 out of 10? Plus the murder mystery weekend.

After that, I spent 7 years as a restaurant GM or AGM in NYC. I took that skill set I developed at the theatre, plus my years as a server and bartender in between acting gigs, and turned it into a profitable living, again running a ton of different aspects of the business, juggling what felt like dozens of balls in the air.


copyright Ken Garduno

I WANT to be able to focus on my immediate next step. I want to do what I want, instead of what I can. What I’m able to right now.

So, I guess it’s time to flip that switch in my head. Turn off the self imposed inertia and get back to work. I’ll let you know how it goes!




noun: work; plural noun: works; plural noun: the works

1. activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.

2. mental or physical activity as a means of earning income; employment.

3. the period of time spent during the day engaged in such activity.

4. a task or tasks to be undertaken; something a person or thing has to do.

5. PHYSICS – the exertion of force overcoming resistance or producing molecular change.

6. be engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a purpose or result, especially in one’s job; do work.

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