oh, the ways in which I can procrastinate:
#1) Thou must be comfortable with looking like an idiot.
#2) Thou must have a thick skin; you weak, parasitic fugly fatass.
#3) Thou must adhere to your own standards. It is impossible not to compare yourself with your peers, but try to do so without getting emotionally involved; by the way, also usually impossible. Are you satisfied with your progress over the past year when compared to your skill set one year ago? In what areas can you afford to remove some energy to give to others?
**note to myself: Can I afford to put more energy into reawakening my classical training? (yes, if I give up ½ of my Friends watching time) What keeps me from doing so? (Fear of sucking!!) What time is class tomorrow night? (7:30-9:00, ok?!)
#4) Thou must consider fear, pain, hardship, and triumph to be ordinary passing sensations. They are not the point, but their intensity makes them addictive. Especially for personalities attracted to the performing arts.
#5) Thou must not rely on the compliments of others as a scale of your ability. How many “polite” compliments have you given out? How many genuine compliments have you withheld? Enjoy and appreciate other’s appreciation, then see #3.
#6) Thou must never stop training. Thou must never stop training. Thou must never stop training.
#7) Thou must learn to rest and work in seasons. If you exhaust yourself too hard and too often, it’s all over real, real soon.
#8) Thou shalt not be a douche about accepting criticism. Especially when you are presenting a work in progress for the purposes of obtaining criticism. Never justify yourself when receiving a critique. If they didn't "get it," it's not their fault, it's yours. And, that's ok. You know how you hate it when people explain why their jokes are funny? The decent thing to do is listen and remember other’s notes (see #2), then make necessary changes when they are necessary (see #3).
#9) Thou shalt RESPECT THE TECHIES. Introduce yourself to the lighting designers, the sound guy, the stage manager (duh…NEVER piss off the stage manager), the property master, the hospitality people, the costumers, the merch guy…your job becomes either really uncomfortable or obsolete in their absence. Do not treat them as serfs there for your benefit alone. This is assholery, even if you are Diana Ross. I’ll bet even Diana Ross is lovely to the techies.***
Now I know these lists usually go from 10 to 1, for the purposes of climax, but #1 up there really needs to remain #1.
The #10 slot is open to suggestions. Please leave yours in the comments, it would make me really really happy.
***addendum...obviously, this comment is a compliment to the Goddess that is Diana Ross. Anyone who thinks otherwise is obviously living according to rule #1. I only wrote this as a testament to my regard for Diana Ross, who is one of my alltime favorite personalities.
God, please save me from your followers.