give too much

Marlon Brando by telephone, 1990
It is impossible to give too much–in anything. This is a myth behind which the lazy and the untalented and the stingy perpetually hide. While you can’t give too much, you can spread the gifts unwisely, without balance, and then your contributions look bad, unfocused.
I think that when you work, you give too much to the study of the part; you give too much to the rehearsal with your comrades; you give too much to the contemplation of the dreams and the fears and the traumas and the triumphs of the character; you give too much to the audiences who show up, or to the director who trains a camera on your attempts.
You always, always give too much.
It will drive you crazy at times, but the point is never going to be how you turn out, but how your work turns out; how it reaches and moves and changes people.
Give too much. Wear yourself out. Use it all up.
When you are at your most exhausted, at the edge of insanity, you are only halfway to the goal.
It’s scary, but it’s worth it, and it’s what people deserve.
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The Triumph of ‘Wonder Woman’

The Triumph of Wonder Woman

The box office has made its ruling, and the verdict is clear. You can’t keep a wonderful woman down.

“Wonder Woman,” which opened this weekend, is a mammoth hit, meeting the most optimistic expectations and setting up its director, Patty Jenkins, for a place in the record books. It’s on track to earn between $90 and $105 million domestically by Monday morning, according to industry projections. That’s the best debut ever for a movie directed by a woman.

My colleague Maureen Dowd explored this stark gender disparity in a cover story for The Times’s magazine in late 2015, noting that in the previous two years, “women were only 1.9 percent of the directors for the 100 top-grossing films.”

“Excluding their art-house divisions, the six major studios released only three movies last year with a female director,” Dowd added, referring to 2014.

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all we did was play

 

We’ve been conditioned to move from a place of what loves us and almost every decision we make now is based on what other people think about us.

If you are under the illusion that these things outside of you are what complete you, you will always be a victim because everything has to change to make you happy.

When you were a kid you were just effortlessly creating and living in the moment, and that same effortless creativity is available to you right now. You are what you love, not what loves you.

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Kyle Cease

http://www.evolvingoutloud.com

save as draft

Is that a habit?

If your instinct is to publish, to share, to instruct, to give away, to engage and to put it into the world, then ‘save as draft’ is a rare thing.

On the other hand, if you find yourself noodling then putting aside, waiting for perfect, you’re on track to be waiting for a very long time.

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Seth Godin

whirlwind

big burly man

He’s a burly man. Strong voice, 80s New York accent.
Big personality. Vibrant and ecstatic to be near his friend.
He talks about flying in from a job, being put up in a hotel tomorrow night, can I crash with you guys tonight?

Of course.
I’m surprised you’d want to do that.
Yes. Done.
Thank you for wanting to.

He talks this job and that job, what’s in the horizons and pitting this one against that one.
“Angela is in San Diego doing a play, I had to come back for meetings until Friday and then we fly back to NY in 4 days.”
Let’s go for dinner.

Yes, of course.
Thank you for thinking of us.
We’ll take you to our favorite sushi joint, you’ll love it.
Done.

A whirlwind.

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