HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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 Ellisí and Neil Gaimanís work have meant a lot to me for a very long time.
Iíve let Warrenís 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. Heís 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.
"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. Youíre doing things youíve never done before, and more importantly, youíre Doing Something. So thatís my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobodyís ever made before. Donít freeze, donít stop, donít worry that it isnít good enough, or it isnít perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is youíre scared of doing; Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.ĒRemember - forward motion is not a straight line. When you stumble, donít be afraid to get up and keep going.
And if you find that you canít pick yourself up, look around; because thereís 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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