One of my most successful actions over the years is to simply show up. This has worked in a variety of fields and occupations, including acting and directing.
Let me give you a few examples of what I mean.
When my teacher, Milton Katselas, directed a play or a scene, I was the first to find out about it and the first to show up at the “closed” rehearsals. He’d look at me with a glint in his eye and ask how I found out about it. I’d shrug. He’d tell me the rehearsals were closed and I’d leave, then show up again the next rehearsal. He’d smile and shrug, and let me come in and watch. I’d volunteer to help with sound or lights or whatever he needed. Over the years, I got invaluable lessons in directing by watching him work on over two dozen productions.
Ultimately, my showing up led Milton to cast me as the lead in two of his plays. Both were rare experiences I will never...
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