Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Visualizing is EVERYTHING!!!

Right before the Christmas holiday my daughter sent in a video audition  to Pace University in New York for their Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Acting for TV, movies, commercial and voice over. Since then we have been waiting (tensely!) to hear whether she would get a call back, and if so, would the call back be on the day we wanted or would we have to make a second separate trip to NY (She is also auditioning for SUNY and Julliard and we've been trying to co-ordinate the timing into a one weekend event).

Needless to say that while on the outside I worked very hard to appear calm and self-assured that everything would work out perfectly, inside I was a bowl of jelly! That being said though, I thought I'd give this idea of visualization and picturing a successful outcome a try - I figured it couldn't hurt, and it just might help!

 So while the rest of my house was in hibernation mode, snuggled up in their beds, I lay with eyes closed and  mentally walked through our NY trip as if everything we wanted had come to pass exactly as we wanted it to happen.

First our Greyhound bus trip sees us arrive on time to Mid-town Manhattan's Port Authority terminal safe and sound. We grab a cab to our hotel which we find to be clean with affordable yummy restaurants right around the corner. We get a good sleep, waking up to spend the day getting the lay of the land, learning the best subway routes to each audition and visiting the Museum of Modern Art and Greenwich Village (where I used to live when I went to Parsons). The next two days are audition days and we head out to SUNY in the morning and Pace in the afternoon with Julliard on the following day. Phoebe (my daughter) of course nails the auditions, blows them away with her amazing talent. We go out for a celebratory dinner because of course she's been accepted to all three and now has a happy decision to make, and finally jump on the Greyhound bus, making it home in high spirits.

And..... so far so good! Today we just got word that my girl not only got a call back to Pace, but got it at the exact time and date that we wanted and needed to make it all happen!

I am a believer!!!

I mean yes, of course there are other factors, not least of which my daughter's talent and abilities, but when I think of all the little details that had to co-ordinate, well, like I said, I'm a believer!

What have I learned from this?

I can tell you that when it comes to my own art career goals, every day I now take half and hour and run through my own visualization scenarios of successfully getting representation in prestigious galleries, selling to interior designers, gaining recognition for my artwork and making sales like they are coming out of my ears!!!

I believe that visualization is a powerful piece of the success puzzle and I am already seeing results trickle in.

What do you think? Are you a believer too? Do you or have you used visualization and has it brought you success? I'd love hear your story. When one succeeds, the sharing of it inspires us all!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Too Much Talk & Not Enough Action

I Believe it's good to make goals and to have dreams. In fact every Christmas and on my birthday I always kind of do a re-evaluation. You know, how have I done. Am I making progress, falling behind. That sort of things. And for the most part I have done pretty darn good.

Except with my financial health.

In the past this has been my nemesis. But that is the last time I am going to talk like that because if thoughts are things - and I believe they are, then it's time to change my thinking, my internal pictures and my outlook in the future.

I am a professional artist. And I want to not only survive, but to thrive as an artist. So today I have spent the last few hours developing a plan of attack to set me on my path of not only getting my work recognized and respected, but also sold to clientele who really love what I do.

But before I get into that I just want to say that one of things that is just plain wrong is to talk, but not follow through with action. In my mind if you are not planning on doing what you say you are going to do, then SHUT UP! When I say I will call you on Tuesday at 1pm, then I will call you on Tuesday at 1pm. If we agree to meet to discuss a project then I will prepare for that discussion and I will be there on the day 5-15 minutes early with plans in hand. Why am I telling you this? Because I just want to be clear that I say what I mean and mean what I say. I respect, appreciate and feel honoured by people who treat me this way, and mirror that back to them as my way of saying thank you.

I have a goal of having my artwork represented by 10 or more prestigious, well-respected art galleries, and to have an excellent working relationship with 10 or more visionary interior designers. From these connections I have set my sights on selling 100 paintings in 2015. That's 8.333 per month or roughly 2 per week.

How am I going to do this?
  1. I believe in myself and visualize my success every morning and evening.
  2. Every week I am creating 1 to 2 new pieces.
  3. Every week I am contacting 100 galleries and 100 interior designers (actually even more than that as I've been building a target list for each and I've almost got 200 names on each list.
  4. Every day I am blogging about my progress and sharing my updates on all the various social media outlets
I believe that really it is all just a numbers game. There are 6-7 billion people on this planet and surely some of them have got to love what I do, and if I contact enough people eventually I will find the right ones. My father always says that in sales for every 100 calls you make, you should achieve success 1 to 2 times. So I'm going for it.

I believe that if I say what I do, and do what I say then I will achieve all that I believe I can make happen. 

What do you believe you can make happen? I'd love to hear it. Let's make it happen together!