Screen Time: 2017 - Action!

Once again, we find ourselves at the beginning of a brand new year of life.

A new chapter for some, a new semester for others, and for many of us – a whole lot of new adventures.

Did you make a New Year’s resolution?

I used to fall in line with the rest of the country and make the same old “promises,” or “lies” rather, to myself about cutting bad foods, working out more, devoting more time to me and less time to work, etc … but let’s face it, those things didn’t last much longer than a week and then it was back to my old ways.

Last year, I decided to change the way I set goals for each New Year and made a list of accomplishments I wanted to achieve instead of things I wanted to give up.

Stuff like buy myself a new Jeep Wrangler, get involved in different area theaters and book a national television show were on the list, and surprisingly, it was the first year of my life I actually accomplished my resolutions.

This year, I’m doing the same.

My passion is showbiz, so it’s no surprise that my goals for the year fall right in line with my love for the entertainment industry.

In 2016, I booked “Murder Made Me Famous,” you may remember my column about playing twins on the “Billionaire Boys Club” episode. In 2017, I want to add another national television show to my resume, as well as a feature length film. I’m not picky, a big budget production out of Hollywood or a local independent film will do. I just want to star in one!

Other goals include continuing with my weekly acting class and attending two industry related workshops to further hone in on my craft and keep my acting chops up to par.

I’m currently working on two short film scripts — one with a local director and another with a couple of guys from my acting class. I’d like to see those get produced in 2017, as well.

I’m going to California to catch up with my Los Angeles friends in a few months, so like every good actor, I’ll utilize that time to “beat the streets,” as my grandmother would say, and hustle my career on the West Coast.

Personal goals that aren’t related to my career on screen are running a marathon by year’s end, and purchasing a home by spring time.

I think it’s important to set goals that are attainable and beneficial to both your personal and professional life.

We need a balance between the two, and by not “giving up” something I love in pursuit of the perfect weight or better body, I’ve found it lessens the likelihood of failure and instead provides positive experiences even if I don’t fully achieve what I set out to.

I tried, and I’ll be a lot further down the path I want to be on than when I started.

So, let’s call “action” on 2017 and get the camera rolling on what could potentially be the best season of our life series.

I hope you achieve what you set out to do and have a very prosperous year.


Chance Gibbs is an actor and writer living in the Dallas area. He’s appeared in numerous television shows, films, professional and community theater, and TV commercials and has been a contributor to news publications since 2007.

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