A Shameless Promotional Post!

Hi All!

This is a shameless promotional post for a project I’m currently developing in NYC!

I’ve recently launched an IndieGoGo campaign for a project I’m doing, called “Ephemera”. It’s a piece of dance theater with an original score, and I’m really hoping to do a workshop of it sometime this summer. 
 
I’ve been working on this piece for almost a year now, and getting to present a full NYC workshop would really mean the world to me personally, professionally, and artistically. 
 
I’ve never put together a fundraising campaign before, and I hope that you’ll consider contributing something- even $5 would be terrific! 
 
Even if you’re not in a position to contribute, I hope that you’ll spread the word. The link to our campaign is below: 
 
 
Many Thanks in Advance, 
Avi 

 

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Raising Your Standards!

This blog post was originally written for, and published on, The Green Room Blog. Check it out at Greenroomblog.com!

Raising Your Standards: 

A few months ago, I worked on a theater project that involved some very established musical theater folk. This was a wonderful project on many levels, as the material, energy in the room, and overall excitement about the piece was terrifically high. I learned a ton working on this show, but one of the most important takeaways was one about personal standards. In this room, everyone expected, and therefore delivered, work of a very high caliber. Everyone’s standards were set very high, and this forced the entire creative team to strive for the same level of excellence. This started to make me think: doesn’t it make sense, from time to time, to evaluate your own standards?

I think we can think about standards as being both internal and external: internally, there are the standards that you hold yourself to. These might be things like your standards of time management, standards of what constitutes a productive or not productive day, or standards that involve personal finance, eating habits, etc. Then, we’ve also got external standards: the standards others hold you to, and the standards you have set for the work you do in the professional world. I believe that all of these standards, which are fixed at a certain point at any given moment in time, influence a person’s day to day decision making.

 Your internal standards, for instance, might dictate how you choose to spend your time. Your standard for physical fitness might not be that high, so you don’t spend all that much time working out. Your external standards might operate along the same vein. People only expect your creative output to be middling, and so you don’t invest extra time in making your current project “pop”, or “shine.”

But what if the standards were raised? What if you said to yourself, “You know what? I can do just a little bit better.” You automatically make a new social contract with yourself, and all of the sudden, you now have a slightly higher bar to meet. Personally, I think this is one of the secrets to sustained personal development and success. We all reach plateaus in our lives, and can become complacent with the various things we’re doing, whether in the personal, professional, or artistic arena. I invite you all to give yourself a “standards audit” today, and see if there are just one or two things you can do a little bit better. You’ll be happy about it in the long run, I promise.

 

Progress and Multiple Projects!

I tend to try to work on WAY too many projects at once. This is definitely an issue of mine, as I want to say yes to everything, and in retrospect, probably shouldn’t! However, if you are like me, it can be nice to take a moment to acknowledge the little drops of progress being made in all the different things you’re working on. The recognition that progress is being made can be a strong motivator!

Let’s consider this scenario- you’re working towards completing five different projects right now. Habit builders and productivity gurus usually say this is a bad idea. I tend to agree, but am also working on about that many medium to large sized projects at the moment! Sometimes life throws a lot at you, or presents many great opportunities concurrently. If you’re already knee deep in all of these endeavors, it does sometimes make sense to just trudge forward on all fronts. You’re 55% of the way on one project, 80% of the way on another, and 35% or so on three more.

I invite you to just take a moment to mentally look at each project. Don’t try to table one, or prioritize another, just look at them. This is a great subway activity! Think about where each one was a day, a week, or a month ago. Are they done yet? No. Might one of them be done if you attacked them one at a time? Perhaps. But each one is further along than it once was, and in a few weeks or months time, you’re going to have achieved several major accomplishments.  By patting yourself on the back and keeping your head in the game, you can give yourself a little extra boost to move forward on multiple goals and projects. It might take extra amounts of focus, determination, and passion, but I’ll argue that it’s worth it in the end!