Though the stage was where I once thrived, I admit there were times when an eight-show work week schedule was an artistic challenge.
I never took any of my lucky breaks for granted and I made sure to give it my all in every show I've been in once the stage manager called – "places!"
But the words from an associate director resonated with me when he collectively noticed the cast was starting to lose their "shine" long after opening night.
He told us:
"Someone in the audience tonight will experience their first theatrical experience, and your performance will forever leave them inspired. But also keep in mind that tonight's performance might also be someone's last time in a theater."
Wondering how others have been influenced by sage words, Redditor "Nicholasbacardi" asked:
"If you are telling a story that gets interrupted, if the person you were telling asks you to continue, go for it, otherwise, they don't care."
Often Quoted Because They're True
"My Top Five Wise Quotes:"
"'We suffer more from imagination than from reality.' — Seneca"
"'It's silly to try to escape other people's faults. They are inescapable. Just try to escape your own.' -- Marcus Aurelius"
"'If you have a problem that can be fixed, there is no use in worrying. If you have a problem that cannot be fixed, there is no use in worrying.' – Buddhist proverb"
"'The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.' -- Horace Walpole"
"If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your estimate of it, and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.' — Marcus Aurelius"
On The Company's Dime
"When at work, never go for a sh*t in your own time. Always go when you're getting paid."
Never Stop Fine-Tuning
"I am a professional musician. The wisest words ever told to me were 'An amateur practices until they get it right. A professional practices until they can't get it wrong.'"
Oops, Can I Do It Again?
"If you chose not to do it right the first time you wanted to do it twice."
"People are like garbage trucks. Every time they get annoyed, a little more garbage gets in them. Eventually they fill up and need somewhere to dump all that garbage. Next time some one's being nasty, just think of them as a garbage truck."
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
"This a quote a teacher shared with the class. 'If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.'"
One For The Win
"1. The toes you step on today, might be connected to the feet and legs. That leads to the butt you kiss tomorrow."
"2. Use common sense."
"3. Be nice to people."
"4. Wear a condom."
Read The Room
"Don't offer advice unless you're asked for it."
A Hard Lesson
"'Don't cook bacon naked' -my father"