BE PROACTIVE

For many, it is a bit of human nature to be passive. That instinct can really get in the way of building a media scoring career.

So much of succeeding in this business has to do with being highly proactive:

Just look at some of the verbs involved in this profession: Composing, submitting, attending, demoing, meeting, creating, adjusting, rewriting, researching, calling, working, recording, and following-up.

It is a business of actions.

MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN

For years I had the message “make something happen” taped to my phone.

It was a reminder to place lots of calls AND to make sure every call ended with at least one “action item” to do after. That could be to set a meeting, send out music or check back on a specific date.

If a call ended without it being clear what I was to do next, I considered that a wasted and failed call.

PROACTIVITY MAKES YOU THE RESPONSIBLE VICTOR NOT THE PASSIVE VICTIM.

If we focus on a belief that external people and circumstances control our destinies then it becomes too easy to fall into a passive mindset of helplessness.

If one believes that they are responsible for determining one’s own fate, then being proactive becomes a powerful method in creating positive outcomes.

HOW TO PRACTICE GETTING PROACTIVE

Taking action is a skill that one must exercise regularly to master.

One can even use engagement in this Forum as a training ground to build proactive muscles.

Instead of just lurking, respond.

Instead of just responding, create a post of your own.

Instead of just arguing or complaining against or about something, create an alternate that counters it.

Instead of just stating how something doesn’t apply to you, find and share things that do.

Instead of just asking for recommendations of something, starting by making recommendations and then suggest others add to them.

Use this Forum and every media music situation as an opportunity to flex your proactive muscles.

BATTLING PASSIVITY

In battling passivity, initiating is better than following. Risking is better than protecting. Giving is better than taking. Acting is better than waiting.

And doing is better than everything.

WHAT ARE WAYS YOU CAN PRACTICE BECOMING MORE PROACTIVE?