Time Management & Success: Case Studies in Entertainment

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Today I want to continue with the topic of time management by focusing on three of the most productive and prolific people in literature, music, and movies. These people are extremely successful in their field and their successes not only amaze their fans but will amaze fans for generations to come.

#1) Stephen King

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Stephen King is one of the most productive writers of this generation. Whenever you turn around he’s releasing a new book or one of his books is being made into a movie. Even if you’re not a fan of his work, you’ve probably heard of one of his books: Carrie, The Shining, Stand By Me, Christine, etc.

How can he keep pumping out new books? He follows a strict writing diet of 1,000 words a day, six days a week. Even if you’re not a writer, you can learn from his lesson of diligence, persistence, hard work, and dedication. Practice your craft for an hour each day. Work it into your schedule. Make time for it.

He also spends a large amount of time ingesting new books. He’s always reading. It helps him improve his craft. You can do the same – perhaps not by reading but by observing and experiencing your craft in any form you can. Are you an actor? Watch your favorite actors or movies and study them. Go to acting classes. Read about acting (and make sure to do all of those activities – especially the ones that you think might make you look silly).

#2) Beyonce

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Beyonce is one of the most prolific musicians in modern day music. There is even a saying that goes, “You have as many hours in your day as Beyonce” which basically means: “Do more.” Your hours are just as important as anyone else’s. You should spend them doing something that you feel passionate about – just like her. You shouldn’t spend your time looking for your phone or keys. You shouldn’t spend your time being late to meetings because you can’t find your notes.

Think about it. What makes you tick? Do you love to do yoga, paint, or sing? If you are determined and creative enough, you should be able to take advantage of your passions in one way or another: blogging about food for money, writing screenplays, or acting in various plays or performances.

If it’s not something that you have a career in at the moment, make time for it when you’re not working. Get up an hour early every morning to find or focus on your passion. It might still be hard to get out of bed in the morning, but it’ll be easier to get motivated once you roll yourself out from under those sheets.

#3) Christopher Lee

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The passing of Christopher Lee took us all by surprise. He was one of those icons that influenced countless people that spanned generations. From Dravula to Francisco Scarmanga to Saruman in Lord of the Rings. His work was appreciated by so many. One of the reasons for this is because he was so prolific. Did you know that Christopher Lee was in 280 movies?

One of the reasons is because he was a superb actor. Another may be the fact that he loved acting so much that he proved to be relatively inexpensive in comparison to other, more demanding actors. Because of this, he got to star in countless cult films!

The lesson here? Do what you love as long as you love it. Even if your career moves in a different direction, don’t give up on your dream. Christopher Lee was 93 years old when he passed but he continued to act up until then. Even now, he had a film in pre-production. He had even noted that his passion for his work kept him young. “At my age, the most important thing for me is to keep active by doing things that I truly enjoy.” Your passion will keep you young as long as you let it fill your heart with joy.

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Thom McFadden, known as Hollywood’s “Coach to the Stars”, has been helping actors, writers, producers, directors and hundreds of other entertainment industry professionals to achieve new levels of success for over twenty years through his personal coaching and life-changing seminars and courses. Thom has been featured in 26 mainstream movies and over 100 television shows over his illustrious career.