Archive for the Creativity Category

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.

Followers Matter

Posted in Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on June 26, 2017 by RobALott

Make no mistake—followers matter. 

Don’t apologize, feel bad, feel embarrassed, or feel guilty for getting excited about a new subscriber. 

If we are writing to be read, if we are posting to raise awareness, if we are sharing to make an impact, then followers and the quality of those followers matter.

Keeping Count

Posted in Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin' on June 12, 2017 by RobALott

Do you count down or do you count up?

Do you keep track of how many shows you’ve done or do you keep track of how many you have left?

Instead of counting down, how about you just stop, quit now, and go find a gig that excites and inspires you to count up?

When Strengths & Passions Meet

Posted in Creativity, Quotes on June 7, 2017 by RobALott

“Our calling isn’t something we have to search for relentlessly; it’s sewn into who we are. As we recognize our strengths, we’ll uncover our passions. Where our strengths intersect our passions, therein lies our calling.” -Marcus Buckingham

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.)

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