work comes relative to your readiness for it. As a professional actor, singer, storyteller, you maintain a state of readiness for whatever opportunity presents itself. It’s a process that never stops. There is always more to learn, more to do.
“Concentrate every minute like a Roman— like a man— on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself from all other distractions. Yes, you can— if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life, and stop being aimless, stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you, stop being hypocritical, self-centered , irritable. You see how few things you have to do to live a satisfying and reverent life? If you can manage this, that’s all even the gods can ask of you.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. I think a lot of what people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity…
Assume nobody else has any idea what they’re doing either. A lot of people refuse to try something because they feel they don’t know enough about it or they assume other people must have already tried everything they could have thought of. Well, few people really have any idea how to do things right and even fewer are to try new things, so usually if you give your best shot at something you’ll do pretty well.
Frank Lloyd Wrights: Apprentice Manifesto
An honest ego in a healthy body.
An eye to see nature
A heart to feel nature
Courage to follow nature
The sense of proportion (humor)
Appreciation of work as idea and idea as work
Fertility of imagination
Capacity for faith and rebellion
Disregard for commonplace (inorganic) elegance