Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The One-Year Goal Statement

Back in October, I had an assignment to outline my one-year goals in regards to my relationship with acting. Yes, I just used the word relationship. Shockingly, time flew by lightning quick and it is nearing the end of June. So, with that in mind - I believe it is time for a goal audit. Comments made in red are my current reviews of my progress!

One-Year Mission Statement

Acting Related Goals to be Completed by October 2011

-          Become more knowledgeable about the Los Angeles acting community and industry
*  Reconnect with my friends who currently work in LA as actors or other professionals
Yes – though I haven’t really connected with too many other actors in LA yet! I have met some of my old friends, but not all. So this will be an ongoing process. Additionally, I will strive to meet new people as well!
-          Become more knowledgeable about history of great actors, schools, methods, and thought
*  Currently reading Uta Hagen’s Respect for Acting, next Adler’s Art of Acting
I definitely am more knowledgeable about the Meisner Technique now than I was in October.
-          Attend at least 10 live performances and learn more about the actors and directors
*  Will attend two by next week
I’m only up to five live stage performances, one stand-up comedy show, and one improve show.
-          Watch more television, where there is at least one featured Asian American actor
*  Currently starting to watch Glee after hearing so much praise
Now as I write this, I have watched every single episode of Glee. But I lagged on the rest of TV. I still don’t really know what Jersey Shore is about.
-          Read more plays, at least 10 within a year
*  I have the classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on my table at the moment
I finished the above play. I also had to read some plays for my next scene study class, like Dinner with Friends, so those don’t really count…but I did read some more plays for fun. I got through some Chekhov. Mmm…still some more to go.
-          Watch more significant movies. Take advantage of my Netflix subscription.
Done! Saw a great deal, but still need to watch more as people list movies and I stare at them blankly.
-          Prepare to move to LA if I can secure a job there, i.e. find roommates, make trips beforehand to get a feel for locations
*  Currently perusing career website and sending out my resume
Done! I have moved!
-          Nail auditions, at least several projects within one year.
*  Currently have gone to five or six auditions for student films in the Bay Area within the past month, but none have panned out so far.
I’ve gone to a number of auditions, but nailing things didn’t always quite work!
-          Attempt to produce own short film or at least make some more entertaining Youtube videos.
*  I have several ideas, but need to find the right equipment and/or personnel to assist me.
Fail! Lacking! Absolutely lagging on this one. I only have three months left to make my personal deadline on this.
-          Continue to train and hone acting skills. Explore sense memory. Become more natural in movements. Find new monologues.
*  Currently in process. No sense memory. Definitely need work on movement. Probably need some new monologues too because I can only drown my two kids so often.

Personal Goals

-          Improve fluency in Mandarin. Practice French and Korean if there is time.
Fail! I’m going backwards!
-          Write more short stories and continue to submit to short story contests.
Fail here!
-          Write and have articles published in some medium.
Success! Internet medium!
-          Have personal website up and running.
Kind of done, but we all know I should upgrade to The Life of Felicia Hom v.2 right?
-          Improve personal appearance. Maintain hair, find a good skin regiment, do some serious shopping.
*  Currently trying new blue light technology for my face. Results yet to be seen.
Blue light technology was a fail, but my skin actually is better thanks to the Clarisonic. Free advertising for them here.
-          Will continue to work out. Will have lost at least five pounds one year from now, preferably within the next three months.
Done! I have indeed lost five pounds (unless I gained them back already), though I didn’t accomplish it within the three months after October.
*  Currently going to the gym regularly.
-          Manage finances better. Consolidate my checking accounts.
My portfolio continues to be unmanaged, but I did consolidate one of my accounts?
-          Continue to find new hobbies.
*  Currently taking salsa class.
Still need to continue this one.
-          Practice being more confident.
I try.

       In conclusion, I still need to make up for the things that have not been done in this hot summer in LA!!!


We are thrilled you love your Clarisonic! Which system do you have? Thanks for sharing!

Oh, I'm flattered you found my Clarisonic comment through this big wide web. I'm not sure - I think I have standard model which was widely sold in fall 2009! My mother sent it to me for my birthday - shipped it from the US to China. I only started using it in Fall 2010 when I arrived back in America, though, as I didn't have the right electricity converter with me while I was in China and never got around to buying one. In any case, I do think the Clarisonic is quite helpful! It was originally recommended to me by a sales associate at the Sephora in downtown SF - she said she wasn't wearing any skin make-up and raved about it.

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