Archive for the Got Me Thinkin’ Category

Not All Audiences Are Created Equal

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin' on January 22, 2018 by RobALott

What worked last show may not work this show.

What always kills may, this time, fall flat.

We must take into account all that an audience has dealt with just before the curtain goes up:

The weather.

The news of the day.

The traffic.

The time of day.

Even the day of the week.

All these things affect an audience’s response and engagement.

Every show must be performed solely and specifically for that independent audience.

If not, you might as well be the Country Bear Jamboree.


I Perform For…

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on January 15, 2018 by RobALott

“I perform for me.”

Then you should buy yourself a really nice video camera.

“I perform for my cast.”

Then you should invest in a really nice rehearsal space.

“I perform for the audience.”

Oh, then you should get yourself a checking account.


Posted in Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on December 26, 2017 by RobALott

“You know, she opened the show.”

“He was on the national tour.”

“He’s done four Broadway shows.”

“You know who she sang back-up for, right?”

We want so badly to establish performance credibility.

Here’s the thing, though:

Most people didn’t read your bio. Most people didn’t go to your website. And most people don’t have your mother sitting behind them before the show starts, talking just loud enough.

Most people only have this show—this performance—this one opportunity to see what you’ve got to give.

Your past experience loses steam more and more everyday. Don’t be too reliant on your past experience to launch you forward.

Be better today than you were yesterday. (And prepare to be better tomorrow than you are today.)


Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on December 11, 2017 by RobALott

“You might play the role, but the character doesn’t belong to you.”

To whom, then, does it belong?

If you aren’t able to give an actor ownership, then who do you suppose will take responsibility for the performance?

A Word of Caution: Be careful removing ownership of a character from the one closest to it. This is a recipe for dull, heartless, and uninspired performances.

Guide, direct, and influence for what should be most valued in a performance, of course.

But ownership has got to belong to the actor closest to the material, the character, and the performance.

We Are All Experts

Posted in Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on December 4, 2017 by RobALott

Vic Firth came up with the idea of making a better drumstick while playing timpani for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The sticks he could buy commercially didn’t measure up to the job, so he began making and selling drumsticks from his basement at home. Then one day he dropped a bunch of sticks on the floor and heard all the different pitches. That’s when he began to match up sticks by moisture content, weight, density, and pitch so they were identical pairs. The result became his product’s tagline: “the perfect pair.“ Today, Vic Firth’s factory turns out more than 85,000 drumsticks a day and has a 62% share in the drumstick market.*

We are all experts at something. And we all have ideas as to how to make that thing better.

So, you’re the expert. You’re the most qualified. Pick yourself, and go do it. Make it better. Make the product better. Make the industry better. Raise the bar.

*ReWork by Jason Fried

If You Are a Creative

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on November 27, 2017 by RobALott

If you are a creative who also shows up on time…

If you are a creative who also delivers the project ahead of schedule…

If you are a creative who arrives prepared…

You will get hired more, work more, and be pursued more.

Let’s stop blaming our irresponsibility on our creativity.

The Secret to Longevity in Live Entertainment:

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on November 13, 2017 by RobALott

Make it sound like you’ve done it 1000 times.

Make it look like it’s the first time, every time.