Archive for April, 2015

Prepare Yourself

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on April 27, 2015 by RobALott

“Relax, it was a good show.” 

“Do you know who thinks ‘good’ is acceptable? Amateurs.” 

“You’re being too hard on yourself.” 

“You know who’s not too hard on themselves? Amateurs.” 

If you call yourself a professional, be prepared for the bar to be raised. 

As it should be.

Behind Every Successful Man…

Posted in Quotes, Thoughts on Leadership on April 24, 2015 by RobALott

“Some men know that they are being influenced by the women of their choice—their wives, sweethearts, mothers or sisters—but they tactfully refrain from rebelling against the influence because they are intelligent enough to know that no man is happy or complete without the modifying influence of the right woman. The man who does not recognize this important truth deprives himself of the power which has done more to help men achieve success than all other forces combined.”

 -Napoleon Hill

Why Line Readings Are a Waste of Time

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on April 20, 2015 by RobALott

Your voice is specific to you. No one will ever be able to match your voice perfectly. 

While we might have shared experiences, our reactions, and our emotions are specific to each of us as well. Along with our voice, no one will ever be able to match our experiences, reactions, and emotions perfectly. 

For this reason, giving a line reading (“Say it like this…”) is useless. 

This is the job of the director: to help actors find shared experiences that will drive their emotions and in turn will support the character and story. 

This approach certainly takes longer, but the results will be consistent and, more importantly, truthful and committed. 

A Fine Line

Posted in Creativity, Quotes on April 17, 2015 by RobALott

“There’s a fine line between genius and crazy. I like to use that line as a jump rope.”

The Sign of a Professional 

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Quotes on April 13, 2015 by RobALott

I heard recently that the sign of a professional is that she cares more about the audience’s experience than the audience does. 

When we know how good a show can be but we actively choose to give our audience the minimum of what we think they should expect, then, by its very nature, this is the sign of unprofessionalism.

Relevance 

Posted in Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on April 6, 2015 by RobALott

“Relevance” has swarmed the world of buzz words. 

I get a little nervous when leaders overvalue and overly discuss relevance. Relevance is fleeting and a flash in the pan. 

Significance, however. 

Significance is a far better aim than relevance.