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Resolutions 'Are A Crappy Idea' ... Make
Mistakes, Then Get Up And Keep Moving
December 31, 2015

By Hugh Klitzke
Casting Director and Coach

When people get it right, you just get out of their way. Warren Ellis’ and Neil Gaiman’s work have meant a lot to me for a very long time. 

I’ve let Warren’s Christmas greeting from more than a decade ago sign off for me for many years. Below is his sign off for 2015. The second piece is by Neil Gaiman. He’s indomitable.    
"New Year's Resolutions are a crappy idea. Just try and make things a little bit better for yourself, step by step, year by year. It's all incremental. Lots of small victories is better than one big one. No single victory changes everything. Lots of little ones change a whole spread of things. I'll be raising a drink to you on the first of the month. See you a couple of days later. Luck and love to you all.
 - Warren Ellis 12/06/2015    
"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.  So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing; Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
- Neil Gaiman 12/31/2011    
Remember - forward motion is not a straight line. When you stumble, don’t be afraid to get up and keep going.

And if you find that you can’t pick yourself up, look around; because there’s someone willing to help. How do I know?  Because everyone falls and no one does it all alone; never has and never will.      

Peace be unto you and to those you care about.
Hugh P. Klitzke is studio manager and voice casting director for a leading bi-coastal talent agency, who has directed more than 85,000 auditions for all voice over genres. Based in New York City, he is also a coach specializing in teaching voice over for actors, and writes VO4TA, a twice-weekly blog with helpful voice acting tips.


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Comments (2)
Rick Lance
1/2/2016 at 2:07 PM
Great thoughts to start the new year off right with!
HNY! And to all good luck!
Sean Daeley
1/2/2016 at 11:29 AM
Thank you for the great article, Hugh! I'm a huge fan of Neil Gaiman as well!
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