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90 or 10

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin' on July 10, 2017 by RobALott

You can aim your performance to 90% or 10% of the audience. Be careful aiming for much of anything in between. 

90% is pretty much the most you can get of any audience for anything ever. You’ll never be able to please everyone. 

But if you aren’t interested in the 90%, don’t you dare try and get a crowd of 20% to 80%. This is where the marginalized, the mediocre, and the pretty good tend to live. 

Aim for the 10%. The beautiful thing about capturing the attention and imagination of the 10%: Appreciating your attention to detail and your unwillingness to compromise, they will bring you 100% of their coveted tribe of 10%.

On Punishing Creativity 

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on July 3, 2017 by RobALott

Be careful punishing someone for drifting outside their lane and coloring outside the lines. 

That creativity you might punish them for is probably the same creativity for which you pay them, and is often the creativity that solves your seemingly unsolvable problems.

Every Moment Matters?

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on June 19, 2017 by RobALott

Sure, every moment in the show matters, but not every moment in the show matters equally. 

Start with why the show matters. This will clarify which moments need to matter most.

Extraordinary 

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin' on June 5, 2017 by RobALott

It’s been said that every story is either about an extraordinary person in an ordinary circumstance, or an ordinary person in an extraordinary circumstance. 

However, when it comes to theatre and live performance, our audience isn’t interested in making any such distinction. 

They made the time, they bought their ticket, and they made the trip, to see something extraordinary. 

Let’s not let them down.

Twenty Minutes

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on May 22, 2017 by RobALott

There’s something magical about the length of twenty minutes. 

Twenty minutes can be the starting line, the finish line, or simply a leg of the race. 

Everyone can find twenty minutes a day to devote to their something—their next thing. 

Writing. Reading. Memorizing. Composing. Drawing. Strengthening. Creating. 

All of it can start, finish, and be made better twenty minutes at a time. 

Try it. 

(It’ll just take twenty minutes.)

Dissension, The Lazy Label of

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on May 15, 2017 by RobALott

One of the tell tale signs of a well functioning team is that its members hold each other accountable to any and all agreed upon expectations. 

When an organization or business sets lofty expectations for their employees and the treatment of their customers, it is absolutely the responsibility of every team member to hold each other accountable to the agreed expectations. 

After all, for many team members, it’s those lofty expectations that made them want to work there in the first place. 

When a lower level employee waves their red flag and says, “I thought we were supposed to be better than this.” It’s not dissension. It’s the opposite of dissension. It’s them following through on their role as a member of the team. (And isn’t that what you hired them to be?)

Like Bread

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Quotes on May 3, 2017 by RobALott

 “Theatre, like bread, must be made fresh every day.” -Alan Bruun