It’s good to be back at the keyboard today and writing. Though the blog was a bit quiet this month, I’ve been working night and day prepping content and organizing projects for the coming year. I saw this quote on #pinterest a few days ago and was amazed by the simplicity and truth in it. It seemed applicable to my life right now, this week, this month, this summer. Action does in fact express our priorities, or as my wife always puts it– “Actions speak louder than words.”
It made me start thinking about what it is that I am doing each day to meet my goals. Do you think about that? Try it. Take a second to get out of your head as best you can and watch your actions as if you were another person. Notice the real actions you make each day toward achieving your goals. This can be both for yourself and/or for your organization. Don’t be shocked by what you might discover about yourself. If you are like me, you might find that you spend a lot of time thinking– but less time doing than you had imagined.
After just celebrating Tuxedo Revolt’s 1-year anniversary back in June, I spent some time figuring out what my priorities would be for this blog, my business, my performance goals, and my life in general. I think it is easy for us to get very idealistic and heady about what we want to achieve over a given time. For me, I was laying plans for the coming year, or more specifically, from now until June 16th, 2014. But the planning period is over; it’s time to start making progress towards my goals. I’m now at the place where actions should do all the talking.
I can make lists all day long– and if you know me, then you know how utterly maniacal I am about list making. (Try the free app called Catch if you are serial list maker like me!) However, even after coming off of last year’s successes, I almost made the same mistake I made in 2011-12, of planning without doing. It’s very easy to get into this kind of cycle and much harder to get out it. It takes not self-discipline, but rather, self-responsibility to identify with your goals and acknowledge that is you who must do the work necessary to achieve them. It’s the asking yourself at the beginning of each day “What am I actually going to do today?” and then at night, “What did I actually do today?” that spins the straw of planning into the gold of reality.
This month, I’m back in the saddle and the afterglow of Tuxedo Revolt’s one year anniversary is behind me. I’m working on a lot of great interviews to feature this year. I’m also resurrecting the Tuxedo Revolt Podcast Project (after losing all my previously recorded podcast material on a fatal hard drive crash). One new addition to the blog this year will be much more strategy content for both arts administrators and music entrepreneurs. I’ll be helping you to outline real nuts and bolts strategies you can use in your own projects— in other words helping you think of actions to express your priorities.
Thanks for stopping by the blog and stay tuned; there is a lot of great content coming your way.
- Tuxedo Revolt Report Card: A Year of Transformation (tuxedorevoltblog.wordpress.com)
It’s time to get started. Im very excited to bring to you, the first Tuxedo Revolt blog post of 2013. This year is looking to be quite an adventure for me and (if you stick with me) for you as well. I thought that it would be a good idea to start the year off by letting you know what to expect in the coming months:
First, you can expect continued content articles here on the TR blog. I’m working very hard to increase the frequency of posts this year. From your comments and emails, that’s what you are telling me what you want more than anything else– more content. So that’s my first goal in 2013. You can send me an email about topics you’d like to hear more about. I promise, I’ll personally email you back and we can toss around ideas. Second, I’m excited to announce that there is going to be more variety in the kind of media that you are going to see coming from the TR workshop.
TUXEDO REVOLT PODCASTS:
Like audio books or talk shows? Some people like to listen rather than read– so say no more. I’ve already collected the raw audio for the first three Tuxedo Revolt Podcasts– which will be available for download on the iTunes Store in February. Like the content on the blog, they’ll be free. Tuxedo Revolt podcasts will be full length audio of the interviews with musicians, artists, and thought leaders who embody Tuxedo Revolt ideals.
TUXEDO REVOLT YOUTUBE CHANNEL & WEBISODES
You think I’d just stop at audio only?! No way. I’m excited to announce a third addition to Tuxedo Revolt’s multimedia projects– meet the Tuxedo Revolt YouTube channel. It will be a real push for me, but I hope to roll out the first TR webisode by mid-February. This new media format will allow you to have deeper access into the creativity, personality, and lives of those who are profiled on the TR blog.
As you can see, there are many new things in the works for the coming year, plus some super secret projects I’m not quite ready to announce just yet. However, even more important than more posts and new media, is that I’m more dedicated than ever to bringing a fresh creative perspective to the world of the performing arts and the way that we interact with each other as creative artists.
In the past several months, I’ve seen the blog’s traffic grow to numbers I could have never anticipated. What does that tell me? It tells me that there are literally thousands of arts supporters, musicians, and administrators who see the need for change in the way we present our art and how we interact with our audiences. It is a shared vision amongst us all to see the arts thrive in the popular culture.
I’m here to help turn that vision into a reality. We can fill our concert halls, our theaters and our opera houses with large and vibrant audiences once more. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again– the arts are not doomed, but they are also not completely relevant to today’s audiences. Tuxedo Revolt strives to be innovative and imaginative, but above all else– relevant. So here’s to a great year in 2013. Let’s make it the most creative year yet.