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6 Tips for Improving Your Focus

The year was 1976.  One young actor was about to bring things to a crashing halt.  The Pioneer Memorial Theater was filled to the brim for a production of the show Kismet.  As Warzir sang his song “Was I Wazir?” the young actor behind him let his mind wander.  He had…
Philip Martin
October 12, 2020
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Limited Skill Isn’t a Liability

“Irving Berlin has no place in American music. He is American music.” - Jerome Kern September 22 marks the death of one of the most influential composers in the history of American Music: Irving Berlin.  In the first half of the 1900s, Berlin was able to capture America’s burgeoning energy…
Philip Martin
September 24, 2020
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Opportunity in Restriction

Hollywood gave into pressure and agreed to censor what they would show in motion pictures.  In the 1930s the Catholic Church saw itself as a moral compass and presented Hollywood with the Production Code, a document with drastic restrictions for movie production.  They said ‘it’s my way or the highway’…
Philip Martin
September 10, 2020
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Being Grateful and Making it a Habit

Captains log: quarantine date 156.  In facing monotony and the mundane, I am grateful.  No I haven’t rewatched the entire original Star Trek series… but by now I could have!  I have, though, ventured out of my house with my colorful personalized PPE, and driven past my favorite restaurant, drooling…
Philip Martin
August 28, 2020
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The Gift of Rejection

It was Sunday morning when I got to know Jim Gaffigan.  Well… I got to know him by reading the Parade Magazine in our local paper.  I already knew that Jim (we’ll use a first name basis) was both hilarious and likable, but I found out that he’s quite insightful…
Philip Martin
August 13, 2020
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Do Not Move

Your big idea is waiting on you.  You might have the greatest idea the world will ever see, but if you do not act on it, what good is it? You might have a vision—a dream— that could change the world, but if you are not willing to share it…
Philip Martin
August 3, 2020
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How to get the BEST input from your team

  On the first day of rehearsal I stand in front of the assembled group of talented and diverse actors and crew.  Each has their own strengths, weaknesses, methods, and idiosyncrasies.  My job, my responsibility as the director, is to mold the group of individuals into a high functioning cohesive…
Philip Martin
July 17, 2020
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Become Brilliant at the Basics

In December of 1960, the Green Bay Packers played in the NFL Championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles: and lost 17-13. Author David Maraniss, in his best-selling book, When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, explains what happened when the team gathered on their first day of training…
Philip Martin
June 22, 2020

Are Small Roles Vital?

There are no small parts, only _______ ________. Do you know that phrase?  It comes from the theater...  "Small Actors" There are no small parts, only small actors. The phrase refers to actors who believe that a particular part in a show is beneath them: too few lines, too little stage-time,…
Philip Martin
March 3, 2020
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Tonight Is The Hardest Performance

When you are involved in a stage play, after six weeks of rehearsal, the company is ready for the audience to arrive, the curtain to rise, and the actors to take the stage. They are hyped for the magic of opening night. As the cast and crew wait backstage, watching…
Philip Martin
February 14, 2020
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Three Simple Rules For Success from Tom Hanks

  Here's another reason to love Tom Hanks: as if we needed another one. On January 6, at the 2020 Golden Globes, Hanks received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” Certainly, a well-deserved honor, having given us such marvelous movies as Splash, Big,…
Philip Martin
January 8, 2020