I think people are some of the most interesting creatures. I like to go to the mall to (let's just be honest here) shop, true, but I also really enjoy observing the behavior of others. I listen to their conversations and no, it's not eaves dropping if they are speaking out loud two feet away. Goodness, what do you expect me to do? Cover my ears and hum the Star Spangled Banner (yesterday was the Inauguration, true, but still!)?
- Be kind to others; respect them and listen to them.
- Most of the time it is wiser to say less.
- Be flexible and able to see that there may be another way to do something than your way, and wonders and wonders, it may even be better.
- Realize that you are not the only one on stage (or in the office, or wherever), and maybe somebody else is having a tougher time than you.
- Work hard.
- Be gracious and thank your boss, your co-workers, your dressers, your security guards, your guy who runs the spotlight--everybody who makes it possible for you to do what you do.
- Be positive. Period. Or even when you're on your period. Even when you have rehearsal for something that you already know--maybe you'll learn something new or get just a little bit better. Or if nothing else, maybe it will be fun because you'll quietly make jokes with the person who stands next to you in the Ones and you'll both laugh but not in a way as to be distracting and this is purely hypothetical, of course. What? You thought I was speaking from experience? Why--I never...
- Be willing to admit your mistakes and apologize, even if it was for something that was not intentional on your part.
- Have a sense of humor.