Archive for February, 2017

The False Allure of Safety 

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on February 27, 2017 by RobALott

“I don’t feel safe.”

Ok. 

This is why we rehearse. 

Because none of it is safe. 

Rehearse to feel safe, sure. Just know that true safety will never actually come.

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Every Audience Has One

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on February 20, 2017 by RobALott

Sure, every audience has at least one person who is seeing your show for the first time. That’s a helpful paradigm to spark energy into your performance. 

But remember, every audience also has at least one person experiencing live theatre for the very first time. 

That’s a great responsibility and one we should not take lightly. Your performance has the potential to ignite a new passion and fascination in someone they did not know they had. Don’t let it go to waste. 

Run Your Race

Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership, Uncategorized on February 13, 2017 by RobALott

This past January I ran my fourth Marathon. That’s 26.2 miles. 

I paid a notable amount of money to run these races. Not only for the races themselves but for the shoes and other equipment required. 

It was a well planned course with a guarantee of a medal at the end. 

I got to run with a lot of people and be cheered along the way. 

A great experience, indeed. One I have argued everyone can and should do. 

Here’s the thing, though…

The medal does not make me a Marathoner. The money spent certainly does not make me a Marathoner. 

Only the running of the 26.2 miles makes me a Marathoner. 

With much less excitement and much less cheering, I could have quietly gotten up early on a Sunday morning and run my own race on a course of my choosing. It would have certainly been less crowded, and surely lacking all the pomp and pageantry. 

And still, although without a medal, I could call myself a Marathoner. 

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Friends,

Education and learning is available to all of us. 

It’s not too expensive. It only takes discipline and a desire to accomplish. 

If you are reading this, you have everything you need at your fingertips to learn more about something you want to learn more about—to continue your education. 

You won’t get a medal or certificate of completion at the end, but here’s what I’ve learned: If you are great at what you do, nobody asks for proof that you properly learned how to do it. 

Run your race.