What running a red light taught me about Producing.

I used to deliver pizza for Domino’s Pizza. That was my high school survival job (aka how I afforded to take my high school sweetheart to Riverside Park and Billy Joel concerts). It was a pretty cool job back then, actually.  You were making cash money, and spent most of the job cruising the streets in your car, listening to your favorite tunes (of course I was blasting the complete symphonic recording of Les Miz while my co-workers were listening to MC Hammer). One day, I was cruising down Pleasant Street in Southbridge, MA with two pepperoni pan pizzas in …

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What the NYC Marathon Runners taught me.

In case you didn’t see the swarms of people with aluminum foil wrapped around them yesterday, the NYC Marathon was held this weekend. The marathon is one of those weird periodical New York tourist events where thousands upon thousands of people descend upon New York City . . . and none of them go to see a Broadway show. Shows are always trying to come up with new ways to get the marathon participants to run up to the box office, but it never seems to work.  Take the marathon, add in Halloween and sprinkle in a little Daylight Savings …

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I want to retire . . .

. . . a phrase. Just like Blue Man Group held a funeral for the 80s I think it’s time we pack up a certain phrase, put it in a box and never utter it again. That phrase? “Outside the box.” Admit it . . . it’s kind of cliche now, isn’t it? I first heard it over a decade ago to describe unconventional thinking.  And now, because I’ve heard it so often, it is starting to sound conventional.  It’s true – saying “outside the box,” has actually become inside the box! So it’s time to euthanize that hackneyed phrase and bury …

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Why there is a fine line between hatred and respect.

Here’s something I’ve heard a lot of in Producers’ and GMs’ offices through my career.  “Ugh!  I hate that INSERT NAME OF AGENT/LAWYER/MANAGER.” Usually, what that translates to is, “Ugh!  I’m not getting what I want from that INSERT NAME OF AGENT/LAWYER/MANAGER.” And for the record, when I worked for an agent, I also heard the converse statement of “Ugh!  I hate that INSERT NAME OF PRODUCER/GENERAL MANAGER!” Same translation, of course. When you’re in any negotiation, it’s important to remember that the person on the other end of the talks is doing their job, which is to get the most for …

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5 Takeaways from the latest Get Your Show Off The Ground Seminar.

Two weeks ago, on one of the last beautiful days of the summer, eight passionate peeps sacrificed the sun to get together with me and work on something that would keep them smiling through the dark days of winter:  their project! That’s right, it was my Get Your Show Off The Ground Seminar! And it was a great one.  We had discussions about networking, about how to fill the seats of your showcase with Producers, and we even had a comic book superhero make an appearance. As usual, my trusty associate, Kayla, jotted down some of my Kenisms throughout the seminar …

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