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Ann Bogart Inspiration

I am reading Ann Bogart’s book A Director Prepares. It is feeding my soul. Allow me to share the inspiration…

“Resistance heightens and magnifies the effort. Meeting a resistance, confronting an obstacle, or overcoming a difficulty always demands creativity and intuition. In the heat of the conflict, you have to call on new reserves of energy and imagination. You develop your muscles in the act of overcoming resistance – your artist muscles. Like a dancer, you have to practice regularly to keep up muscularity. The magnitude of the resistances you choose to engage determine the progression and depth of your work. The larger the obstacles, the more you will transform in the effort.”

“Allow me to propose a few suggestions about how to handle the natural resistances that your circumstances might offer. 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 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. “