The Flexible Entremusician

I consistently regurgitate the Virtues of Intentionality, Discipline, Habits, Planning, Perseverance, Endurance, yada, yada; almost to the point of being Pharisaical! In many instances I am preaching at myself more so than to anyone else, because I know that if I don’t stay on it, I drift. You may recall, my previous post screamed “Make The Decision Before You Have To!”, which is fabulous advice (in my opinion) and spurs one on toward effective efficiency. So, what happens to me just one week after I post, is that I receive a message that, if I should accept, casts me in the lead role as Walter Lee Younger in Lorraine Hansberry’s famed “A Raisin In The Sun” at one of the smaller community theatres in my area. The play will run for two weekends in February. Interestingly, my new experience provides greater support to making decisions. This play was not on my radar at all. My proverbial ducks had been standing and appropriately quacking in the exact order I had demanded them to. I had no space to think about it and “get back” with the director, as she was already in rehearsals with the cast. She also politely demanded that I remove all my facial hair and begin growing my now very gray, appallingly receding hairline I usually mask very well by keeping it all shaved so I could “look the part.”  I Said Yes. I have acted before, On Stage & in Film, there is plenty of footage out there, so I have the experience. The issue was - would I have the Time? I firmly believe that just because you Can Do something does not always mean you should...But the most important question I needed to answer was, “What Would I Learn?” I am working under a very capable director with great vision & depth. I am exposing my vulnerability (and disgusting hairline) to a group of strangers. I am meeting some very talented people I did not know and I am growing my capabilities for more professional presentations. In the end, I found detour worth the departure of my schedule. These are questions you too must ask yourself as a busy EntreMusician. Are You Too Rigid to Accept an Opportunity When It Comes Your Way? Obviously, You Must Choose Wisely and Often You Must Choose Quickly and be Prepared for the Unexpected. You’ll soon find that Your Flexibility provides a Unique Stability for you to make better decisions before you have to! I wasn’t listening to any music as I typed this, but I was humming a lot...