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Do Not Wait

May 17, 2010

“Do not assume that you have to have some prescribed conditions to do your best work. Do not wait. Do not wait for enough time or money to accomplish what you think you have in mind. Work with what you have right now. Work with the people around you right now. Work with the architecture you see around you right now. Do not wait for what you assume is the appropriate, stress-free environment in which to generate expression. Do not wait for maturity or insight or wisdom. Do not wait till you are sure that you know what you are doing. Do now wait until you have enough technique. What you do now, what you make of your present circumstances will determine the quality and scope of your future endeavors. And, at the same time, be patient.”

One of my favorite quotes, from A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art & Theater by Anne Bogart. She’s talking about directing and creative expression, but I think it’s applicable to all of our lives. I mean, it’s a guiding principle for how I try to live mine -inside and outside of the rehearsal room, in theater and Cambodia- regardless of where I am or what I’m doing.

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