Archive for the Got Me Thinkin’ Category

Pacing

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on December 17, 2018 by RobALott

It’s the audience, actually, who decides and dictates the pacing of the show.

Listen to them.

They’ll always be honest about where they’d like us to speed up and slow down.

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The Stage To Green Room Ratio

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

I call it The Stage to Green Room Ratio

If a great attitude and performance backstage is worth 50 points, and a great attitude and performance onstage is worth 50 points, then what’s our stage to green room ratio?

(100 points: We might touch the surface of this standard every now and then, but it’s impossible to maintain. Strive for, yes, but don’t expect this all the time from yourself or your fellow cast and crew. Much less than 90 points, however, we’ve got some work to do.)

As If in the Presence Of a Master

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on October 22, 2018 by RobALott

“Play always as if in the presence of a master.” -Robert Schumann

Many of you reading this have the opportunity to perform for thousands of people every day.

What if we performed with the assumption that every audience has at least one person who’s an expert in every aspect of our show, including expertise in our performance?

Because here’s the thing: If our house seats a thousand people, the assumption that one of those audience members would be an expert in any and every area of our show is not a far off one.

(By the way… If we get their thing right, they’ll assume we got the other things right too.)

Do Something About It

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on October 15, 2018 by RobALott

When a reader spots a typo in a book, they tend to shift their focus, even if only for a few pages, to looking for more of them.

When an error in continuity occurs in a film, the viewer who caught it can’t help but become distracted and begin looking for more.

While some mistakes can’t be kept from an audience’s view, the live stage has the most remaining potential to cover up the gaffs and eliminate the distraction.

While sometimes it’s fun to be in the audience when something goes awry, our audiences don’t care to spend the rest of the performance looking for our next mistake.

Fix it.

Cover it.

Address it.

Include it.

But our job can never be to ignore it.

Because the truth is, our audience is desperate for us to do something about it.

The Job You Want

Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on October 8, 2018 by RobALott

“Dress for the job you want not the job you have.”

While your physical appearance can say a lot, I believe this idea has more to do with mental preparation than it does one’s choice of wardrobe for the day.

Think, respond, and act for the job you want not the job you have.

It’s Ok to Question

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on October 1, 2018 by RobALott

Be respectful.

Be thoughtful.

Mind your timing and choose an appropriate location.

But do know, it is ok and sometimes necessary to question our leaders.

A Front Row Seat

Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on September 24, 2018 by RobALott

How can I show love today?

Where can I show sympathy and empathy?

How can I give action to my spoken values of generosity?

Answering and following through on these questions gets you a front row seat to the right side of history.