Thursday, January 28, 2010

It's good

I had kind of forgotten how much I love my little blog. I'm glad John said something, I missed you guys!

So, thank you for all of the kind words and here's the thing:

I feel pretty good about all this. I am one person, one tiny little person. I can only do what I can do. And the thing is, I know exacty what to do, I just have to do it and this is ALL part of learning how to run a business, something I am totally new at. There is no reason to assume that I should know what I'm doing and do everything exactly right. Right? Right.

So yesterday I did a ton! I sent out press releases, I sent out emails, I made phone calls and each and every one of those things that I did has led to interest in what I'm doing.

It's not that I don't know how to market or don't know what to do, it's about getting past the resistance of doing it.

I spent many many years trying to market shows, comedy shows, comedy theaters, sketch shows, individual shows and every time it was rough, every time it was hard and I built up this belief in my head that marketing sucks. Hell, you have to reach out to people, talk to people, be brave, be assertive, be proactive. These things are truths, you do have to do that. But what I'm finding each and every day that I battle the voices in my head telling me not to put myself out there, is that you end up talking to really nice people. They want to help, they need story ideas, they think it's a neat idea and all of a sudden you've made a buddy who wants your business to succeed because in some way, directly or indirectly, they will benefit from it.

So I've got a few listings, a few little articles...what I need to do is just keep moving forward, whatever that is.

I never expected a rash of people to come to these things just because I started them. It's been a week for petes sakes! It all takes work and the more I do the work the more I see results and the more I enjoy it.

Go me. And you guys. Go everyone.


Anonymous said...

I love to hear you talk like this.


rebar said...

lady, you put a smile on my face. go you to infinity

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Hixx said...

Thanks you guys! Whoopee!

Dan Izzo said...

Here's something I just read that's much more brilliant than anything I can write:

If you pay attention, you can find inspiration and lessons that you can apply to your business everywhere you look. Personally, I’m surprised how many lessons I’ve learned from some of my favorite celebrities.

Lance Armstrong: Be disciplined. No business will succeed without a lot of hard work and discipline. Commit to it. Stick with it. Eventually, you’ll reach your destination.
Paula Deen: Be yourself (and be bold about it). You will naturally succeed if you build a base of followers who are naturally attracted to your personality. Don’t worry about being liked by everybody. Just let your own unique personality shine through.
Mr. Rogers: Be positive. I can’t imagine making it in business without a whole lot of optimism.
Ellen Degeneres: Have fun. The daily grind, even when you work for yourself, can be dull at times. Doing something you love, surrounding yourself with clients and connections that energize you, and taking time to appreciate the good things in life make it all worthwhile, and who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh every once in a while?
Bill Cosby: Keep learning. I used to be so intimidated by what I didn’t know. But I’ve come to realize that such a list is endless, so I just continue to work at it, and I learn more and more each day about how to build a successful business.
Carol Burnett: Be creative. Sometimes you have to improvise. You figure it out, and you come to enjoy the journey.
Oprah: Build a platform. To succeed in business, you have to have a group of people who believe in you, who want to hear what you have to say, and who want to support you in everything you do.
Jim Carrey & Steve Carell: Don’t take it all so seriously. You’re going to mess up, and you will look silly on occasion. Learn to be OK with that.
Maya Angelou: Be resilient. Things will not always be easy, but if you refuse to give up and keep bouncing back, they manage to work themselves out.