People in any rehearsal space can be divided into one of these two categories: the problem solvers and the problem makers.
Both of these people want a good end product. They both want to make their performance or piece better, but they have very different mindsets.
The problem makers
These people say, “This isn’t working,” “I can’t do it.” Way to shut down a conversation and any potential for a creative process. When I come across these people, I mostly get annoyed because my interpretation of their comments is that they don’t like what’s going on, but they want to take zero responsibility for it and want to put in zero effort to fix it. Not really great for relationship building.
The problem solvers
These people say, “It’s not working the way it is now, but if we make this change it should work,” “I’m having trouble with this, is there a way I can get help or fix it?” They initiate a conversation. They establish that their brain is turned on and searching for options. They show that they’re open to outside help. I am way more willing to accommodate these people in rehearsals because their language shows they’re trying to be accommodating, too.
Like I said, both people want the same thing, but their language and their mindset will encourage very different journeys to that same end product.
So, you can choose to be a problem maker or a problem solver. You can choose to shutdown completely when an issue arises, or you can see how you can help find the solution. You can choose to give up at the slightest obstacle, or you can give the hard stuff another try.
Those choices will manifest into actions, and those actions will be remembered by your peers, your directors, and everyone you work with. They’ll remember if you had a negative attitude, or they can remember as an easy-going and helpful performer.
I personally prefer working with the problem solvers, both as a choreographer and as a castmate. It’s far more pleasant for everybody, and problems actually get solved.
Are you a problem-solver or a problem-maker? Comment below!