3 Top Tips For A Kick In The Pants

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You may have all the ideas in the world. You can make all the lists in the world, you can make all the schedules and all the plans; but nothing will happen until you take action.

 “You can’t stay your corner of the forest waiting for people to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

                                                      – Winnie the Pooh

If you’re feeling like you’re in a bit of a rut, or like you’ve got a wonderful idea just waiting to burst out of you that’ll undoubtedly make you a multi-millionaire and ensure financial security for life (gosh, The Dream), but just don’t know how to get started, I’d recommend a lovely book called ‘Stop Talking, Start Doing’ by Shaa Wasmund (with Richard Newton). Every time I need a bit of a kick in the pants to get my latest project, idea or even a simple day-to-day task up and running, I always come running faithfully back to this book.

There are no ‘magic tricks’ when it comes to self-starting and being a successful creative freelancer. It’s simply about proper planning and preparation, dedication, a willingness to succeed and resilience to rejection.

Follow my three top tips for effective self-starting and making sure you see your project right through to the very end:

1.    Keep a good diary – I keep mine on my phone, which syncs with Google Calendar. Bung a few reminders in there, and you’ll be on top of your ever-increasing to-do list in no time at all.

2.    Get out there and experience everything you can while you’re still young. Get to know people who can help you by not being afraid to simply ask. I write more about that here. Make use of freebie programmes like FreeB and EntryPass. Increasing your knowledge will only reinforce your passion for doing what you love, making you more inclined to make a more productive use of your time.

 3. It’s an obvious one, but take care of yourself. Feeling grotty, hungry, thirsty, unkempt, or slobby will only de-motivate you and keep you from realising your full potential. Check out this great article here for a few essential questions you need to answer in times like that. Take pride in yourself, and pride in your work will naturally follow.

How have you managed your project effectively recently? We want to hear it here at Youth Arts Online – and who knows? Your top tip could help someone else just like you.

Keep in touch with us on Twitter at @YouthArtsOnline, and with me on @Ubermagee.

We look forward to hearing from you soon with your top tips!



923417_10151854966406044_317804994_nAnnie is a 23-year-old ‘theatrical jack-of-all-trades’ based in London.

After spending the first 18 years of her life in South Wales, Annie graduated from the London College of Music in 2011 with a 2:1 in Musical Theatre.

Annie now works as a freelance actress, writer, theatre producer, director, and singer, blogs under the pseudonym Ubermagee, and has recently become a Youtube Partner.

You can find Annie on Twitter here, or check out her Pinterest here.


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