How and when to plan the future of your show.

I’m going to make a little wager.

If you’re reading this blog, then I’ll bet that you’re a planner.  Come on, admit it . . . you’re an organizer, with to-do-lists, and date books, and Trapper Keepers, and all sorts of gizmos and gadgets to keep you on track for achieving your daily, yearly, and lifetime goals.

Most successful entrepreneurs are, whether they’re actors or artists or Broadway Producers.

So face it.  You’re a planner.

And that means you’ve probably got all sorts of big plans for your Broadway show.  Right?  You probably know what theater you want, and who you want to star, and who is going to direct, and what month it’s going to open . . . and what the t-shirts are going to look like.

Am I right?

That’s what I thought.  Pay up.

Planning and dreaming is great.  And it is an essential part of entrepreneurship (not to mention, The Secret).  You pick your goal or your destination.  And you plan what you think is the best road to get there.

But sometimes, since Broadway Shows or Anywhere Shows take such a long time to put together, plans can change, whether you like it or not.

Think about it this way.

When you were a kid . . . did you plan your life?  “I’m going to be married by the time I’m X years old.  I’m going to be a millionaire by the time I’m X years old.  I’m going to have X children.  I’m going to live in X.”

Did you make those statements?  I did, and a heck of a lot more.

And some of them came true.  But others didn’t.  And some of them, I didn’t even want to come true anymore.

Because things change.  I changed.

And over the course of its gestation period, your show will change.  And you too will change.

Maybe Broadway won’t be where you end up.  And maybe Spielberg won’t be able to direct.  And maybe the t-shirts will be red instead of yellow.

Does that mean you shouldn’t plan?  And shouldn’t dream?

No.  You should.  But as a very smart person once said to me, “It’s ok to fantasize . . . as long as you’ll be ok if that fantasy doesn’t come true.”

Sometimes what you think is the best road to your destination doesn’t turn out the be the best.  But that doesn’t mean you still can’t get to where you want to go.

 

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  • rich says:

    I have found that life, for me, has always turned out to be the ‘unintended consequences’ of whatever it is that I had planned.

  • Ellen ORchid says:

    I find that, when my dreams don’t come true, it’s usually because I was with the wrong folks. When I met the right folks, who understood me and were kind, secure, and smart, things worked out. So I wd say. If the dream doesn’t work, try it again- with new people. Maybe that was the issue.

  • Charlie Fink says:

    OK. So Ken you included a link to the self-help book “The Secret” on Amazon. I read the first reader review. “The Secret saved my life! By Ari Brouillette” It’s first because is the most liked reader review, with over 485 likes, and when you read the review you’ll know the reason why: it’s a novel in itself. So thanks for inadvertently leading me to the read of the day. Others check it out:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1582701709/theprodupersp-20

  • Debbie Saville says:

    Great blog Ken. Availability is not on our side at the theater we have been talking to since February for our premier here in Pittsburgh. So, even though in my dreams I could see this performance played out on their stage,I have to now consider the possibility that we will need to find another location in the city. Keeping an open mind to the possibilities is a good start! 🙂

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