Archive for January, 2017

When the “Pop” Wears Off

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on January 16, 2017 by RobALott

Cruise ship shows and cruise ship performers have a really hard time with pop culture references. They use them too late and for far too long. 

The reason, though, is obvious: If they’re continually on a ship separated from the world, where is their stream of “new” and “popular” coming from? 

The thing is, it’s not just cruise ship shows and cruise ship performers. It’s any artist who keeps their head down, refusing to pay attention to what’s happening around them. 

Pop culture references are fun for a minute. But be sure to have something timeless ready for when the “pop” wears off. 

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Our Biggest Bargaining Chip

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on January 9, 2017 by RobALott

I was at a rehearsal recently where a performer was berated, embarrassed, and made to feel ashamed to the point of tears. All in the name of “questionable professionalism”. 

Now, I’m all for professionalism and accountability. 

But here’s the thing…

Leadership is influence. Nothing more. Nothing less. And while the accuser may have gotten to flex his muscles and puff himself up in the name of “professionalism”, he lost a great deal of influence that day. 

Do not give up your influence unnecessarily. Protect your influence with all you’ve got. It’s often our biggest bargaining chip.