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2018 Game Plan

In yesterday’s post I laid down my major goals of 2018, in today’s I’m gonna show you exactly how I plan to accomplish them. As a reminder, here is the list of goals for 2018:

  1. Make a Movie
  2. Write 8 Screenplays
  3. Make an Album
  4. Save up $2400
  5. Finish 24 episodes the Godzilla Podcast
  6. Finish 17 Final Fantasy games

This would be an impossible list of goals for a regular full-time job, and in my current situation I may only be able to pick one of these things to do by the end of the year. That’s the thing though, come mid-January I won’t need a regular full time job.

Let me break it down for you: I’m very blessed to have the parents I have, and they’ve agreed to house me for $200 a month (to cover my added food cost), so long as I have a goal that I’m working towards. If I had to live like a normal person and pay for rent, I would once again be forced only to pick goal #1, and I’d end up dropping a show off of my schedule. Just trust me on this.

If you remember correctly, I got a full-time gig in order to purchase a car. I decided to save up $5000 in order to cover the costs of a $4000 used car; a Honda Accord or Civic with around 90,000 miles on it seems to be the reasonable thing to get. Well, I’ll have that one covered within the next 3 weeks, and should start the year with transportation. Car insurance and gas money will be added expenses after that, but then again, I won’t be putting $500 away every paycheck. Just $200.

I’m gonna get real frank with you guys. As of this moment, these are my current (expected) monthly expenses for 2018:

  • Required by law and parents: $500
    • Health Insurance: $85
    • Dental Insurance: $15
    • Car Insurance (High estimate): $200
    • Rent/Food: $200
  • Entertainment n’ stuff: $123
    • Filmstruck: $12
    • Moviepass: $11
    • Fun Money Allowance: $100
  • Other Expenses: $460
    • Gas Estimate: $160
    • Emergency Savings: $100
    • Moving Out Savings: $200
  • Total Expenses: $1,083

Basically, because I’m not saving up for a car, I only need to make $1100, which is about half what I make working at FedEx after taxes. Which means that for an $11 job (that’s where most entry level stuff is at around here), I need to work about 30 hours per week in order to get that after taxes. That’s still a full-time job, and that gives me only two options:

  • Option 1: I’ve never payed myself from the money we’ve made doing podcasts, which after expenses are covered, profits enough to cover another $250-$300 just for me (after an even split among hosts), but given my new commitment to playing the games, I don’t think I’d feel too guilty paying myself that amount. Some expect us to do this anyway, but I still dread informing patrons and other supporters that some of the money is going to go into my pockets. This way I can get a 20 hour per week position somewhere and have even more time.
  • Option 2: I work a job full-time that lets me write on my shift, thus covering what would be another huge chunk of my day.

Here’s the financial side of the plan: I’m gonna go for Option #1 first, and if I think I can handle it I’ll add more hours and not have to dip into my “other job”, podcasts. In fact, having to only work 3 days a week opens me up to getting crew positions on set, which I’ve been wanting to do, but for the last year haven’t had a way to get there.

The type of day-job I’d need to land is very specific, either a Night Hotel Auditor position, or that of a Security Guard where I’ll have plenty of time to write while clocked in. That leaves me 4/7 days of the week open to Writer’s Groups, Band Meetings, and Podcasts, and leaves all 7 days sometime in the day where I can get a chunk of writing in, followed by a chunk of gaming (preferably streaming) for my shows.

Here’s how I’m hoping a typical could would go for 4/7 days of the week:

  • 4:00pm: Get up, walk dog, shower, eat breakfast
  • 5:30pm-9:30pm: Writer’s group/Band Practice/Podcasts
  • 9:30pm-11:30pm: Free time
  • 11:30pm-3:30am: Gaming for shows
  • 3:30am-7:30am: Write
  • 8:00am-4:00pm: Sleep

The other 3 days of the week would include an 8-hour stint at my job, which would hopefully be more writing time.

Here’s each goal, and their respective deadlines:

  • Make a Movie
    • This goal has to unfortunately be loose, since we aren’t gonna move forward without a good script. In any case, “Son of Canaan” (working title) has to have a complete first draft done by February 1st, and will hopefully be in working shape by March 1st. I won’t work on any other script until it’s ready to shoot.
    • Raising funds will take a month, hopefully I won’t have to pick up another job, but that will take up April.
    • The Month of May will be dedicated to pre-production and casting for a shoot that will start in June.
    • By July the film will be shot, and I’ll leave my editor a month to make an assembly.
    • By the end of September (whenever that Sundance deadline is), the film will be cut, scored, and sound mixed.
  • Write 8 Screenplays
    • This goal is mostly based on how fast I write… One week for an outline, one week to shit out the screenplay. The biggest thing I know I need to focus on is learning how to properly do a second draft. Either way, up until March, I’m only doing script #1.
    • March: Screenplay A/B vomit drafts (high concept)
    • April: Screenplay C/D vomit drafts (high concept)
    • May/June: No writing, work solely on movie
    • July/August: From Scripts A-D, pick one to do two more drafts on, taking feedback from Writer’s Group as a basis
    • September: Screenplay E/F vomit drafts (low concept)
    • October: Screenplay G/H vomit drafts (low concept)
    • November/December: From Scripts E-H, pick one to do two more drafts on, taking feedback from Writer’s Group as a basis, and knowing this will probably be the next year’s movie project.
  • Make an Album
    • Not a super-important goal, but I’ll be meeting once a week and recording with my old band. By the end of the year, we’re sure to have something out.
  • Save up $2400
    • No matter what, I need to put away $200 per month. I’ll be opening a new savings account at another bank so that I’m less tempted to touch it, and Direct Deposit will be split so I don’t even see it.
  • Finish 24 Episodes of Godzilla Podcast:
    • Easy goal to make if I have the time, which I should, just gotta meet with Drew every week.
  • Finish 17 Final Fantasy games
    • This is a tough one. The average FF game is 30 hours long, which means I need to spend 10 hours a week on FF. That’s 2 hours a day for 5 days a week. Once I have a job, I can schedule this time. I’ll make a show out of it too, so my Twitch audience knows when I’m about to hop on.

So that’s it. I’m not gonna have a social life, and it’ll be a lot of hard work, but I’ve worked too hard on this stuff for too many years to give in to failure now.

…Excuse me while I apply for more jobs.

 

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