Archive for the Nuts & Bolts Stuff 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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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.

The Truth About Encores

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on October 23, 2017 by RobALott

My uncle was a magician. When someone would ask him to do a trick again, he would say, “The first time is entertainment, the second time is education.”

Often times, when an audience asks us to perform something again, it’s not actually because they want to see it or hear it again, but rather they want to experience that same feeling they had the first time.

The success of an encore performance has more to do with recreating a feeling for our audience than recreating a performance.

My Hope: A Well Functioning Team

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on October 9, 2017 by RobALott

I hope for each of you that one day you’ll have the joy of working on a well functioning team.

Everyone should have the experience, at least once in their lives, being part of a team where trust, candor, commitment, accountability, and attention to results abound.

(The thing is, once you’ve experienced being on a great team, it easily becomes a way of life and is really hard to go back to anything else.)

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.

Responding to the Critics

Posted in A Note to Directors, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on September 4, 2017 by RobALott

Before responding to your critics, one of the first questions you might ask should be:

"How much influence does this critic have?"

"Will my response to their critique elevate their opinion and influence?"

Not every critic gets the privilege of a response.

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.