Relegated To Obscurity,… Again.

It’s official everyone. I’m a 2 time loser! Of course, I’m referring to the National Jazz Awards in which I was one of the nominees for best Jazz Clarinetist. This year however, I’m going to try on the “gracious in defeat” hat by thanking all of you who supported me and congratulating all of the talented 2009 winners! … besides, it’s easier on my liver and a lot cheaper than the “jealous rage induced binge drinking” hat. (I am fond of that hat too though.)

For those interested, Bob DeAngelis is the winner of best jazz clarinetist. Who is Bob? I actually have no idea. In fact, out of the list of 6 or 7 nominees Bob DeAngelis was the only guy I’d never even heard of! Odd, since there aren’t that many of us Canadian jazz clarinetists out there to begin with. So, I checked out Bobs website in hopes of hearing some of his music but unfortunately there wasn’t much in the way of sound clips. Anyways, I’m going to assume this guy can really play and I look forward to hearing him some day soon.

Oh, and if you’re reading this Bob then let me just say you better watch your back my friend, for the next time your walking home late at night after a lucrative “background jazz” gig and feel a cold shiver down your spine, I’ll be there, licorice stick in hand, ready to rumble, head to head, mono a mono, and then we shall see how you fare without your impressively large mailing list by your side congratulations and well wishes from yours truly! :-)

Gee it feels good to be able to rise above the bitter cynicism of defeat.

Moving on, the plan. … Oh, the plan. How it taunts me. How it eludes me.

I don’t know what to tell you people,… I don’t have it yet. Differentiating between vision and objectives was really unclear (i.e. in my vision I’ve won a JUNO award, so… the objective is to, um… win a JUNO award, … wha?) and the whole point of this excercise is to gain clarity, so I was stumped. However, after hashing out some ideas with fellow artistic planning peers I’ve come up with this:

The Vision is just that, a vision, it’s what success looks like to you. It shouldn’t be clouded with objectives or steps or any of that stuff, it’s your chance to envision your ideal success (let’s say looking 5-10 years forward). That can include where you live, what kind of job you have, what kind of art you’re producing, partners, family, etc,..

The Objectives are the factors that go into making the vision possible. At first the objectives will be kind of general, this is why steps 3 and 4 are about breaking the objectives down into steps and sub-steps.

Here’s a simple example:
Vision: owning a house. —> Objective: making 100k a year for 5 years.

The more specific your vision, the more accurately you can design the objectives. Because “a house” could be any house: it could be a mansion, it could be a crack house, it could be in downtown Manhattan, it could be in the suburbs of Edmonton. Define the vision as much as possible (ie “I want this house at the corner of ____ and ____”) and the objectives will necessarily be tailored to effectively achieve your vision.

Something tells me that financial Vision/Objectives will be easier to map out than artistic Vision/Objectives. We’ll see. In the meantime, thanks for reading and have a great week!

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