I'm on quite an ambitious adventure myself, at the moment.
In my work as a Comedy Magician, I've embarked on a project called The Big Local Night Out. A community based, but nationally replicated, series of arts events, that bring together professional artists alongside local talent.
I'm looking to establish multiple locations - in fact, the long term goal is to have hundreds of them across the UK and beyond. That's a big enough goal in and of itself, but each location comes with it's own goal to create multiple partnerships, to build a significant audience and to become a recognised brand in that area.
It's by far the biggest and most challenging adventure I've ever set myself to achieve - but day by day, I'm making traction and beginning to see how this could pan out.
In running the People On A Pursuit Community, I get to see, first hand, every week what it takes to achieve meaningful...
If you are like the creative professionals I know, you are probably, quite simply, unstoppable. You're so driven by the love of your craft, that you will do anything to finish the race.
Am I right?
Perhaps, the last couple of years have seen you navigate your way through consistent rejection, a portfolio of failed ideas and most recently, a pandemic that forced you to reinvent yourself or your career.
And yet, the greatest challenge isn't so much the external circumstances and how to overcome them....It's the internal battles that cause you to stumble.
Amidst the chaos, perhaps you've got an idea but you feel unorganised and without a solid plan.
Maybe, like many, you've put off some activities that you know would be a game changer to your career. Perhaps you've lost confidence in networking, auditioning, marketing yourself - and you need some accountability to kick you into...
Accountability is often perceived as a threatening, uncomfortable and unfriendly word. The thought of it might cause feelings of stress, fear and discomfort.
These negative feelings stem from the accountability narrative that says 'if the task isn't done, you are in trouble'.
However, I want to change the context and narrative of how we understand accountability.
I believe accountability can actually be both encouraging and empowering.
Particularly for creatives, entrepreneurs and freelancers, accountability should be seen as an encouragement. Within the People On A Pursuit community, accountability is outworked as an encouragement.
The narrative is less, 'get on with it or there's trouble'
'I believe you've got this....and this could be transformative for you and your project - Go and get what you so deserve!'
One of our members, Darren Quinnell, holds down a full time job whilst pursuing an ambitious creative writing...
What task are you putting off, right now? Which of your priority tasks have been neglected recently? For whatever reason, there are probably some important tasks that you've let slip to the bottom of your todo list.
One of the most simple, yet most effective offerings of the People On A Pursuit Community is our weekly Power Hour. In short, it's 60 minutes of focused activity, with some friendly accountability to keep you on task.
We simply log on to zoom, share what task we are going to execute within the next hour, and then we switch off the camera and mic, until it's time to check back in at the end of the hour.
Actor, writer and member of People On A Pursuit, Mark Wisdom, regularly attends the power hour and finds them super effective. Mark a has used the power hour for a number of his projects over the last year. From learning lines for an acting role to planning schedules for a film production.
Every Monday I host a zoom call with a small group of creative professionals. It's an online membership for those pursuing ambitious goals, and it's called, The People On A Pursuit Community. Some are voice artists, others writers and we have one or two performers.
Whilst this project is only a small side hustle at the moment, it's one of my favourite moments in the week. The culture of the online membership is one of celebrating wins (big or small), overcoming obstacles together and holding each other accountable for the tasks we prioritise.
One of our writers is Emma Kelly. Emma is a dramatist and playwright. In our time of celebrating wins this week, Emma shared that her play 'The Guide' was listed in the top 3% of the BBC Writers Room, Open Call for 2022.
There were 4718 scripts submitted which means Emma was within the top 141 submissions. That's incredible and such an encouragement to Emma.
It's been amazing to watch Iain's business come back stronger than ever, since Covid restrictions have been lifted. Iain has worked super hard to build his mailing list, connect with prospective clients and deliver an excellent show.
Iain, with the help of the People On A Pursuit community, followed our proven plan and carefully worked through a number of repeatable tasks to grow his business.
It worked so well that Iain became so busy, and had to stop!
As Iain reflected on this overwhelming number of bookings, we began to explore a different business model together.
What if he could book a village hall, for a Tuesday morning and invite people to come?
Imagine for a moment that he could sell 30 tickets....
Initially, I felt Iain's resistance in this conversation. There was definitely a nervousness holding him back.
The majority of creatives have an inbuilt idea-crafting-machine working in the background of their brains, 24/7. Many of us can't help but constantly think of something bigger and better, or fresh and alternative.
But this idea-crafting-machine rarely gets switched off, and is relentless - For many, it's killing their productivity.
Too many creatives show signs of overwhelm, burnout and are anxious about practicalities, whether it be finding the next job or delivering work ahead of the deadline.
Every Monday, I facilitate a zoom call with members of the People On A Pursuit community. The premise of these zoom calls are to help them make traction towards their creative goals, on a regular basis - Avoiding distractions, staying focused on the tasks that make a difference and maximising the skills and experience of the group to overcome obstacles.
Here's three major advantages for those struggling to execute on a creative...