Archive for the Got Me Thinkin’ 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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To Improve Or To Maintain?

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on June 4, 2018 by RobALott

Were you hired to improve or maintain the situation?

Likewise,

Are you hiring to improve or maintain the situation?

Clarifying the answers to these questions will forego a great deal of confusion and frustration.

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.

The Audience’s Role

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin' on May 14, 2018 by RobALott

Give the audience space. Let the audience have their moment.

We would never steamroll or interrupt a fellow actor who is doing their part and delivering their lines on cue and in time.

Why would we ever interrupt an audience as they are trying to play their role and do their part?

Ride the wave of applause.

Ride the wave of laughter.

It’s a great ride. One to be relished.

One Of The Greatest Abilities

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on April 30, 2018 by RobALott

One of the greatest abilities is likability.

“I’m sorry, but I just have to say…”

“No offense, but…”

“I’m a straight shooter.”

“I’m always honest. I always tell the truth.”

All of that is fine, some of it noble in fact. But you’ll have a lot more wiggle room to say the things you need to say if you’re first likable.

No Substitute For Experience

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on April 23, 2018 by RobALott

It is only in real-world boots-on-the-ground experience that we learn what works and what doesn’t. Education and preparation is great, and actually vital. It’s where we learn how it worked for everyone else. But real-world experience—not theory, not someone else’s experience—but real-world experience, this is where the truth, our truth, lives.

Preparation and education is no substitute for experience.

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.)