Thursday, March 18, 2010

Know When to Say No

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So for New Years, I resolved to not over-extend myself and to write twice a week to prove it to everyone. Well, I haven't been very good about this (as evidenced by the fact that I'm writing on a Thursday), but don't give up on me yet!

I've found that I have been saying NO a great deal more, but I've also had a great deal more opportunities come my way.  I think that triaging opportunities is the most difficult thing you are presented with in this business of theatre.  Whether you're a producer, actor, designer, musician, manager, or one of the many other players in the theatre, you have to decide which projects to work on, how much (or how little) you're willing to work for, and even how to best spend your time on a day to day basis.

As artists we often work for ourselves, no boss, no teacher, no time clock.  It's just you and your priorities.  So how do you choose what's most important?  Everyone's answer is different, but I can tell you with complete certainty, that the most successful people in our business know when to say no, and when to say yes!

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