Forget the Alamo. Remember the BlackBerry?
You remember the BlackBerry?
It wasn’t too long ago that the BlackBerry was the coolest device around. I wanted one big time. And when I had one, I thought I was the hippest cat around (of course saying things like “hippest cat” immediately disqualifies me from actually being one, so . . . ).
It wasn’t too long ago that the stock for BlackBerry was over $230. Now, it’s about $10.
And remember AOL? Everyone was in those chat rooms. Now I judge people who have aol.com email addresses. (Yep, I’m sorry mom. I’m talking to you too. But it’s called Gmail. And you will love it.)
You couldn’t get in to NYC hotspot Marquee a decade ago. Now, they’d let you in with 10 friends . . . for free.
All businesses, including the business of show, go through periods of ups and downs. Broadway is boomin’ right now. The theaters are full and the vendors are fat. But this too shall pass, and those who will flourish in the future are those who are forging relationships, instead of pushing them away by thinking things will always be as good as they are now.
And producers aren’t immune to sittin’ pretty.
Think you’ve got it made because you’ve got a hit show? Don’t get too comfortable, my friend, because someone is around the corner, coming up with the iPhone to your BlackBerry as you celebrate.
Whenever Hal Prince opened a show, he always had a meeting the very next morning about his next show.
Because it kept him humble. And he knew . . . a Producer is only as good as his next show.
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