13161: Do You Insist On Avoiding Repeat Performances?

Hey there, hero!

I’m feel like I’m a weird artist. When I’m designing a performance, I work toward something that I can rely on, in a character, in business, in life, and then, if I can, lathering, rinsing and repeating.

And I feel like I’m in the minority – I see most other artists achieving great performances, and then instead of repeating those performances, immediately trying to change it up.

Make it different.

Find a new way.

Make a new choice.

And I think that’s fun, but that there are advantages to re-using things that you find work for you, and not immediately insisting on changing it up the next time around.

What about relying on the solution that’s elegant, and works? Without instantly jumping to making it different next time around? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. It is a balancing act. You used the word “grind” in the neverending search for a new path or outcome. As a narrator, I have an established workflow that works very well. It gives me the efficiency and meets the technical standards I need to keep progressing. That part has become muscle memory and gives the the headroom to concentrate on my performance. Yet, every now and then something will appear in the periphery that catches my attention, and I will explore that. And that’s good as well.

  2. I’ve heard it posited by psychologists that there are two categories of performer (they had in mind particularly, musicians): Those who practice to become the best they can be at a finite repertoire, and those who keep moving on to new things to stretch themselves that way. Either way, it’s a stretch; pick your poison! But I don’t see it necessarily being an “either/or;” go ahead and mix it up.