In this blog post let’s look at the first of my three lessons for survival.
Keep Working. The hardest thing you will do is to keep working on your dreams and goals. Granted it may be a smaller venue than you had hoped for but I have seen and learned by being on the stage myself… sometimes in a smaller more intimate setting you will bond with your audience in a way that your old self and style would not allow and once they see you – just as you are – many times they will become raving fanatical fans for life and raving fans tell others. Dear reader you must remember this…. if you still want a seat at the table you’ve got to keep working and re-claiming your space. No one is going to give you anything when your days seem to be waning, but the good news is you can turn that around. Remember, Power is vacuum – the minute you are gone someone will take your place.
Unfortunately for the starlet I wrote about earlier her audience has been cut by over half (imagine that… less than half the seats are now filled when she hits the stage). But my advice to her and you, dear reader, is this – once you wrap your head around the understanding that it will not be like it was and that’s okay as long as you’re making some movement in the right direction you will come to understand although different it really is very much the same. Don’t misunderstand me, it will take a while for the old audience to find you, but they will and the new ones you find along the way will be your raving fans. And one thing I can tell you from experience is this – from the stage I routinely see a more loyal audience the second time around.
Check back next week for lesson 2 of 3 for your survival and success…