Archive for the Creativity Category

For the Rest of Us…

Posted in Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on June 11, 2018 by RobALott

Only one person gets to originate a role.

For the rest of us, it will always be of more value to seek out and experience another’s take on a shared role than to avoid it.

There’s intrinsic value in watching someone else do what you do—in seeing what other options and intents are available—in keeping a running list of ideas you’d like to use and make your own, as well as bits you want to make sure never to do.

To dig in one’s feet and to bury one’s head and say: “I don’t want to be influenced by anyone else’s performance. My show is my show and my show alone.” Well, to me, this way of thinking is not actually artistic. It’s misguided and unwise.

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The Second Punchline

Posted in Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on May 28, 2018 by RobALott

When you’re just hanging out with your friends, by all means, go with your first joke—your first quip—your first thought of a punchline.

But when you’re onstage, the audience has already thought of that first joke. You, as the professional in the room, need to come up and go with the second joke.

Having the second or third option of a punchline is often what separates the pros from everyone else.

Callbacks Don’t Count

Posted in Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on April 16, 2018 by RobALott

I once knew a guy who had what he thought were his most notable call-backs listed on his resume.

Friends, we don’t get credit for things we almost did.

(On our resume or in life.)

Supply & Demand

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on March 26, 2018 by RobALott

The problem with the idea of “Supply & Demand” is that we think Supply comes first.

We create and create and create Supply without checking to see if there’s much or any Demand.

Create demand (Psst. That’s vision.)

Then get working on supply.

Introducing the Leading Creative Podcast

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Quotes, Rob Recommends, Thoughts on Leadership on March 12, 2018 by RobALott

I am thrilled to announce that I have begun hosting a brand new podcast!

The Leading Creative Podcast: Bridging the gap between Leadership and Creativity.

Click the link above to listen, subscribe, and share!

Let me know what you think!

The Problem with Supply & Demand

Posted in Creativity, Got Me Thinkin' on February 26, 2018 by RobALott

The problem with the idea of “Supply & Demand” is that we think Supply comes first.

We create and create and create Supply without checking to see if there’s much or any Demand.

Create demand (Psst. That’s vision.)

Then get working on supply.

Trust Your Sense of Humor

Posted in Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin' on January 29, 2018 by RobALott

Don’t try to get a laugh from your audience. Instead, give your audience an opportunity to laugh.

Deliver the punchline in the way you find funny.

Be careful not to fall into the trap of delivering the line the way you think the audience will find funny. They’ll sense your over-eager pleading for a laugh and shut it down.

It is actually your sense of humor the audience will key into and get behind.

Trust it.