DO send at least a holiday card to people you have networked with and/or professionally worked with in the past year. Everyone likes to be remembered and acknowledged around the holidays. If you can do this more than once a year everybody will love you.
DO send your representation a gift. The gift doesn’t have to break the bank. Think thoughtful over pricey. Sometimes the best gifts received are the ones with the personal touches- not the ones with the designer labels.
DO spend time with family and friends- AND ENJOY IT. As crazy as this industry is, at least it gives everyone a two week period at the end of/beginning of the year to regroup and spend time with loved ones.
DON’T look back on the year with regret of anything that didn’t get done and accomplished. The past is the past and cannot be changed. Instead, give yourself credit for the effort and make a plan to execute/finish a project this year. The future can always change so if you don’t like something – change it.
DON’T contact your representation or networking friends on or the day before a holiday for something that can wait. It is rude and shows a lack of respect for the other person’s time. Also, you need a break as well- take the time!
DON’T forget to watch all of the amazing holiday movies and shows that come on once a year. It is a special treat to see these great works of art.
Enjoy the magic this holiday season brings no matter what other stresses or frustrations are happening in your life. Remember, you have already been given the greatest gift of all- to pursue your passion. Whether you are just beginning your journey or right smack in the middle of it, be grateful and appreciative of the courage it took to partake in the adventure that is your career!
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