Best advice I've ever received

  1. Unless you're doing what you love to do, never be the best at it.
    I got this a while back. Essentially I was told that on your career path, there are traps. Being too good in a mid level or entry position can be detrimental as higher ups will soon see you as the best person for that gig and be hesitant to promote you. I've seen it happen and have also fell into it. It's quicksand.
  2. I was told this way back when I was younger and didn't believe it. Now that I'm older and more disgruntled it tends to ring more true.
  3. Never fade to black, people will just go to K-Mart.
    I was told this by a writing mentor about blackout transitions in plays. I never noticed it before, but it's totally true. I've never been pushed out of a show as hard as when there's a blackout mid-act.
  4. There are battles you can win, battles you will lose, and battles you will lose that you'll fight anyway. Be sure which is which, you can only die on so many hills.
    Pretty self explanatory. Know what you're willing to fight for.
  5. It's from a video game and I have it up on my wall. Accept no lemons.
  6. Good art is never done. It is merely abandoned.
    I was told this by another writing mentor. You can get lost in trying to make it perfect. It's an unachievable goal. Eventually you have to let it go into the world and hope it's good enough. I've known writers never get anywhere because of the search for perfection. Inevitably they will lose the story and then the heart of it.
  7. "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." Vince Lombardi
    Kind of in contradiction to the previous one, this does however fall into place with a few of these. I love John Milton, and he spent the latter half of his life writing "Paradise Lost". He was going blind, but he set the goal for himself: to change the world. He poured over every word and rhyme. In the end, he left us with something challenging and demanding of us. Aim higher, be better.
  8. Any idea you have, if you're lucky, you have two years at best before someone else thinks it too.
    Really, it comes down to this: get on it. Make the thing. Take the chance. Being second doesn't count for much. Letting yourself wait only means you'll miss the opportunity. So as a stage manager would say over headset before shows: pitter patter, let's get at 'er.