Today's post is a motivational one. It's about action and reaction. Too many times I fond myself in a reactive mode, adjusting to the circumstances that have been put in front of me. Now this is great if you are skiing down a mogul filled slope, but in producing it can be a problem when you haven't thought through all the necessary steps involved in a process. The Broadway industry as a whole is also a reactive business. Due to the structure of the business, with individual entities managing and producing each show as it arrives on Broadway, there is not a coherent strategy to address issues that affect business as they arise. That is not to say that the Broadway League is not working hard to address the current issues hand-cuffing our industry and fostering more cooperation from all parties involved.
But what is my point. Broadway is trying to figure out how to deal with important issues, like ticket resellers and maximizing internet marketing, by adjusting its practices and methods. But where would the industry be if they had been pro-active instead of re-active? That is a question you must ask yourself daily. Or more precisely, what am I doing to put myself and my production in the best position moving forward?
I am currently negotiating to option a play and this very question is at the heart of the negotiations. It is one of my goals to set the stage for a fiscally responsible approach to budgeting this play. From my point of view, this starts with the option agreement and flows through every deal and agreement made going forward. To the best of my ability, I am attempting to avoid putting myself in a position to be reacting to my own early decisions, as there will be plenty of unexpected issues to deal with along the journey.
So how can you think forward? As one does in playing chess, you must think several moves ahead at all times. And as the game changes, so should your strategy and planning. But beginning with a sound, well thought out plan is a good start. Now I am not advising over-thinking the plan but having one based on some core principles you believe in will help guide each step.
Here's a simple and effective way to begin that can help you focus your goals. Take a piece of blank paper, draw two vertical lines from top to bottom to divide the paper into three sections. In column A write 'What do I want to do?', in column B write 'What do I want to be?' and in column C write 'What do I want to have?' Now answer these questions in broad strokes and then take the time to bullet point ways you can achieve those goals underneath. By example, in column B I wrote 'I want to be a great father' and underneath I wrote -make time to be with Henry, - read Henry stories, -support my wife in her efforts as a mother and appreciate her for them. While not a complete list, you get the idea. You can write answers to these questions about anything from your productions to your personal life. The answers will help guide you as you go forward.