Just got back to Stockholm after a couple of intense, interesting and rewarding days at the international film festival in Cannes. So was it worth going? Did my trip and experience turn out to be what I expected? Do I believe that something will actually come out of it for the future?? The answer will have to be a clear; -Yes, most definitely!
So does this come from me being extra ordinary or just extra lucky?? Of course not! I just know that, simply by ”showing up”, be present and (like I wrote earlier) able to grasp the moment I was exposed to new opportunities making new connections. Some of them more concrete but also some that I might not discover fruitful until a couple of years from now :)) But what I mainly discovered this time around is that, for me, it might not be the ”running around like crazy, booking meetings after meetings”, (even though that sometimes helps too!) that works the best for me! I discovered that it´s probably more about being totally open and present to whatever comes your way. So how did I figure this?
Three years in a raw I went to the equivalent festival in Cannes but for the music business called Midem. As the CEO of my own record company I always booked most of my meetings beforehand and my calendar was often full. At those many meeting my goal was always very clear. To promote myself as an artist and performer. Some of my meetings was definitely successful, but afterwards I have also recognized that at some of them, I might simply have tried too hard.
So therefore this time around I decided to just go with the flow and not focus to much on an ”fantastic, extra ordinary and smart game plan” 😉 And guess what… instead of chasing the opportunities around, they actually came to pay ME a visit!
If you have a clear goal on where you want to go next, acknowledge it and say yes to your ”windows of opportunity”, all you have to do after that is to simply show up!” Stay open and things will come your way by themselves just like they were supposed to!
I´m not saying you shouldn’t have a clear goal, (that´s usually necessary), but sometimes it´s more crucial to just stay present.
Here´s an example on what I mean. Many were the mingle parties we went to during our days at the festival and I’m sure I made a few new connection here and there. But the most successful get together for me must have been the one held on Monday evening. Funny thing is that this was also the only event that was not planned ahead and something we just stumbled over. Even though we had no invitation, we just went in with an open mind thinking that ”whatever, here we are, why not, let’s just check it out” mode. ;)) So here we were, two women, laughing, planning our next collaboration around my next music video, not paying too much attention to the crowd around us. Suddenly a photographer wanted to take my photos. A TV station decided that I was the first one to interview, another amazingly warmhearted lady (which we didn’t know beforehand) suddenly seemed to see as her mission to send interesting people our way. So after a short 30 minutes or so… there we were, sitting in a sofa greeting people left and right. Instead of intentionally giving out our business cards, producers, casting people and writers actually came up and asked for ours.
The fact that this event also ended with all the guests holding hands, singing the British national song was a just a biiiiiiit unexpected and weird but that’s another story… ;))
So my point and what I strongly believe is (once again), that to recognize your ”window of opportunity”, grasp it, stay present and simply SHOW UP is what really matters and makes the difference! Simple as that!