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The Freelance Life: Hitting the Reset Button

“In taking stock of ourselves, we should not forget that fear plays a large part in the drama of failure. That is the first thing to be dropped. Fear is a mental deficiency susceptible of correction, if taken in hand before it gains an ascendency over us. Fear comes with the thought of failure.” – Douglas Fairbanks

I am taking stock of myself this morning. This quote from Douglas Fairbanks reminded me of the mentally crippling nature of fear. It is the root of all inactivity, a sign of regression instead of progression.

It is important for me to take a step back, take stock of all I am doing, examining what’s working for me and what’s not.

Merging "work" with creative

Merging “work” with creative

I reached a point of overload at the end of 2014. Multiple projects have been started, some pieces complete, others needing more time and work. This blog, while rewarding to me on a psychological level, is only moderately successful in reaching larger audiences.

I struggle with the ups and downs of my production business TraceProductions.com as I have for 20 years now. The video and television production business has been rewarding. My career has taken me all over the world and given me a (mostly) steady income and incredible experiences that I wouldn’t trade for anything. But it is a changed business. For too many reasons to go into here, there is nothing but downward pressure on pricing for many of the services I have traditionally provided for my clients. I stay busy and am grateful for the work I have but it is less profitable than ever before. I have grown and moved on, learning and developing new skills that continue to enrich my life’s experience.

The upside is that there are more avenues than ever before for my own creative work. The same technology advances that have brought pricing down for my traditional business have also made progress on documentary films, music, photography, publishing and marketing more economically feasible.

Looking at the progression of my creative projects and my own growth of influence with this blog and social media, my biggest downfall has been a lack of consistency.

It’s clear that creating a lot of quality content consistently is key to gaining influence, and reaching a larger audience with my writing, music, photography and documentary film projects.

So what’s this Reset Button?

I put a slow down on publishing to this blog, and some other social media interactions, to examine what I have achieved and where I need to focus my attention moving forward.

I have a massive amount of video footage and still photographs backlogged waiting for me to have time to edit and process into cohesive projects.

I have multiple scripts in various stages of development.

In short, I have a lot of bits and pieces, projects in development. Instead of being frustrated on lack of progress, I have decided to be happy and excited about the potential of the elements I have produced.

So I hit the reset button. I am focusing now on writing a series of articles, and producing videos to accompany those, all to be held in reserve until I am ready to release, on a regular schedule.

Hitting the reset button is my effort to correct that consistency problem. Being stuck with rushing out a blog post or a single video at a time built upon my fear that people will stop being interested in anything I have to say if I don’t push something out. That’s just fear and worry that are worthless in my life.

I realize now that having a backlog of material with planned release schedules, will allow me to relax and have a clear game plan for growth.
It’s worth the time to step back and reevaluate. Having a plan always beats spinning the wheels and making only incremental progress.

YES, I am still here, but I am “woodshedding” – working ahead on all the projects that really mean something to me, and hopefully will resonate with you, the reader of this blog.

Look for weekly releases of articles on this blog and videos on my youtube channel starting in June 2015. In the meantime I will be providing occasional updates here, and would love to hear from you.

Please comment below. What do you think of my approach?

Thanks
– Trace

Trace Ready "The Social Freelancer"

Trace Ready “The Social Freelancer”

Trace Ready is a Director of Photography, Writer, Producer and Vocalist based in Dallas, Texas. His band Trace Relations has released their debut studio CD “Prosperity Street”
Connect with Trace: TraceProductions.com

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posted by Tracy Ready in marketing,Opinion,Psychology,social media,social networking,The Social Freelancer,TV – FILM – VIDEO – PHOTO,Writing and have Comments (6)

6 Responses to “The Freelance Life: Hitting the Reset Button”

  1. Good for you for taking a step back, Tracy! And I’m glad you’ll be blogging more and doing more video, too. I’ve always liked your photos, too. Looking forward to seeing more in the future.

  2. steve lewis says:

    totally sensible. The knee jerk tendency I always had to chase the dollar and take any project that came along (for fear of never having another!) and relegating my personal projects to ‘spare’ time got me caught up in a revolving door of deadlines none of which allowed me to pursue my most passionate interests with full attention. Next step is to figure out how to monetize your efforts… and share that info with me!

  3. Richard Beu says:

    Prioritize the projects you currently have and be more selective of projects you take on in the future. Take time for yourself and family away from the work… which is something I personally have trouble doing.

    Examine your projects and see what brings in the most profit balanced with the most satisfaction. Pursue those projects now and in the future.

    Find yourself an apprentice that can offload the stuff you can’t get to. Idle projects don’t produce income. Maybe an apprentice can pay for themselves. It will also give you an opportunity to mentor and teach.

    Above all… take care of yourself.

  4. Tara Lemes-Jones says:

    change is exciting, change is scary; reset is good, reset is scary- it’s on;y through change that we continue to grow- good job!

  5. I agree with Tara on change and resets…and the Fairbanks quote is spot on. Riding roller coasters and walking on ledges requires one to evaluate a risk/reward ratio for any reset or change, and though growth is essential, fear is nearly always the hurdle.

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