Playing Hurt

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on September 17, 2018 by RobALott

In sports…

Your team and the fans will understand if you choose not to play while hurt.


If you still play while hurt, and you help the team win, you can actually be seen as a hero!


If you keep a team from winning because you played hurt, well, the team and the fans have little to no patience for that.


I bet there are a number of other places where this is true.



Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Nuts & Bolts Stuff on September 10, 2018 by RobALott

Outsmarting your audience can sometimes be the goal.


Outsmarting your scene partner…that’s pretty much never the goal.

Speed Reading Made Easy

Posted in Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Rob Recommends on September 3, 2018 by RobALott

Speed Reading Made Easy:

Read only the chapters that interest you. (It’s ok to have read a book and not have finished a book.)

Look for the quotation marks and read the quotes. (These are often the big ideas said more succinctly by someone else.)

Read only the first and last lines of paragraphs. (It is up to the author, not you, to catch and hold your attention. If the first line doesn’t draw you in for the rest of the paragraph, jump to the end and move on.)

Speed reading isn’t always necessary, but can often be helpful.

You ARE Responsible

Posted in Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on August 27, 2018 by RobALott

You know that idea that’s been rolling around in your head? The idea you’ve yet to do anything with?

Complete this sentence: If I didn’t move forward with my idea, the world would be worse off because __________.

(Now, you don’t want to be responsible for that, do you?)

Posted Notes Are For Everyone

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on August 20, 2018 by RobALott

Read your notes, take your notes, and apply your notes.

Of course.

But don’t read only your notes.

Read and listen to your fellow actors’ notes as well. Then give them the set-ups, reactions, and responses that will help make them successful in applying and fixing their notes.

Posted notes are for everyone.

Beware The Optional Demand

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on August 13, 2018 by RobALott

Leaders, Bosses, Directors, Anyone at the Top of the Org Chart:

Far too often, possibly unknowingly, your ideas are heard by your team as absolute directives. That flippant thought you threw out in a meeting becomes the new three-year strategy of the company.

(Hopefully not that extreme, but quite possibly!)

More realistically:

“Why is that in the show?”

“You wanted it.”

“I did?”

“Yes. At the creative meeting last month you said there should be flamingos.”

Figure out how to communicate when you are brainstorming, spitballing, ideating along with everyone else—that your ideas are in the pot with everyone else’s and are not meant to override anyone else’s.


Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on July 30, 2018 by RobALott

The more slides, the more video, the more pre-recorded announcements—the more quickly your audience will become disengaged.

Yes, pre-recorded elements help maintain control of the final product. But don’t buy into the myth that pre-recorded equals prepared. Real preparedness—effective preparedness—is a willingness and readiness to go live.

The audience signed up and showed up for “live”. Whenever possible, however possible, go live.