Rather than come up with a list of things I’d like to accomplish next year, I decided to take stock of what I accomplished in 2012. I have never done this, but it makes sense. Why make another list of unrealistic goals when I can take a look at what I actually did do instead of remembering what I failed to do?
1. One of my films got into a few awesome festivals.
2. I made a new film, shot on film, with a crew of one.
3. I directed non-professional child actors.
4. I finally made a film in Mexico.
5. I screened at a museum again.
6. More festivals for the two shorts.
7. I won a comedy screenwriting competition.
8. I semi-conquered PhotoShop and designed a poster for my film.
9. I learned to use Apple Motion and other features of Final Cut Pro.
10. I designed the sound for a film completely from scratch.
11. Got freelance editing jobs and got paid for them.
12. I learned what it’s really like to work for a paying client.
13. I learned to never charge per project because then it’s never done and the client takes advantage of you. Always charge by the hour.
14. I made some awesome new friends.
15. I took an improv class to face my fears and found out some new things about me while leaving those fears behind.
16. I started the ball rolling on the financing and planning of my first feature film.
17. Started to make art again on a regular basis.
18. I wrote several shorts and made some headway in a couple of feature screenplays.
19. I bought a smart television and started streaming. (Believe me, this is an accomplishment.)
20. The minute I felt safe and happy and content and all that, I shook things up by taking risks. I know that I can’t grow and improve without challenges to push me.
21. I bought a house.