"Yes, and" is a phrase we throw around a lot in the improv community. And I’m all for embracing the deeper meaning of this phrase to garner fearlessness and positivity when life hands you lemons. So as I go on with this post, please keep in mind that I do generally value and live by this coin of phrase.
But as artists we must remember to sometimes say “no”.
Recently I’ve been feeling out of sorts. I called it a ‘rut’ and blamed it on lack of sleep, poor diet, or issues with friends, lovers, family. The truth is I am beginning a new chapter: facing the blank page before me, with only my aspirations in hand. For once, I’m not in an avalanche of projects and obligations. I am ready to build my career and dive into the water head first. I’ve decided I will not say “yes” to everything. I will say “no” sometimes. I guess what I’m saying is motivation comes in different forms. Some feel they lack it and can’t get a project started. Or some lack motivation for the projects they deeply care about, and would rather hide behind a plethora of projects - appearing busy - than face the fact that they are not focused.
My rut has been inspired by equal parts fear and excitement. But coming to the conclusion that I need to be far more selective about the work I take on is a good sign.
Do what is important to YOU. Say “no”. Get shit done.