Archive for the Creativity Category

Productive Interruptions

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on November 20, 2017 by RobALott

Prone to distraction?

Prone to procrastination?

Me too.

Try this:

(It’s been working well for me.)

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Revenge Isn’t Always Bad

Posted in Creativity, Got Me Thinkin' on October 30, 2017 by RobALott

Revenge isn’t always a bad response. It doesn’t have to be harmful or destructive.

Revenge can be a great source for creativity, a reliable strategy for proving someone wrong, and a forever source to prove your own worth.

Revenge isn’t always bad.

Pay Attention to the Rule Breakers

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership, Uncategorized on September 25, 2017 by RobALott

They tend to become the leaders.

(Sorry rule followers.)

Sparking Creativity

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on September 12, 2017 by RobALott

Two legit ways to spark creativity:

1) Get yourself out of routine. Do something out of the ordinary. Go somewhere you've never been.

2) Do something that's so routine, your mind can wander. Delve into a task that's so mindless, your muscles have so memorized, your imagination has no choice but to fill the void.

More Than Creativity and Talent

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on August 28, 2017 by RobALott

Don't ever forget that our craft of theatre and performance involves more than creativity and talent.

It also means being reliable.

Producers and directors will quickly and properly drop an artist—any artist—for failure to remember this truth.

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.