Follow Your Curiosity

“More than intelligence or persistence or connections, curiosity has allowed me to live the life I wanted.” -Brian Grazer, book A Curious Mind “Passion is the result of a good life design, not the cause.” –Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, book Designing Your Life “Follow Your Passion” isn’t always the right advice. Especially for a youngContinue reading “Follow Your Curiosity”

Are You Laughing At Me?

For the stage actor… You’re working correctly where instead of wanting laughs from the audience (stems from our desire to please and get approval), you’re actually annoyed by the laughter. You’re “in it”, so focused on getting what you want from the other person that the laughs kinda get in the way. They’re an obstacleContinue reading “Are You Laughing At Me?”

Direct and Indirect Experience

“The most important element in an actor’s performance is confidence.” -Howard Hawks When faced with a difficult task, you can be confident you can accomplish said task for one of two reasons: Direct experience. You’ve done this exact thing before. You can do it again. Indirect experience. You haven’t done this before. But you’ve doneContinue reading “Direct and Indirect Experience”

The Hand You’re Dealt

“Thinking in bets starts with recognizing that there are exactly two things that determine how our lives turn out: the quality of our decisions and luck. Learning to recognize the difference between the two is what thinking in bets is all about.” -Annie Duke “Failure is an opportunity. If you blame someone else, there isContinue reading “The Hand You’re Dealt”

The Optimistic Pessimist

“It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not weakness, that is life.” -Jean-Luc Picard As a producer, you need to be both optimist and pessimist. Your optimism and boundless enthusiasm are needed throughout the project. Especially at the outset when you’re the sole driver making it happen. Your pessimism isContinue reading “The Optimistic Pessimist”