What If You Could Give The Most Precious Gift Without Spending a Dime?

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On the evening of December 31st, 1994 my Father, at the age of 72, was rolled into an operating room at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to receive a life-saving organ from a person who had died earlier that day in a building fire.  It was a tragic death which in turn became the gift of life for my father.  Following his recovery Dad led a productive life to the day he died, just short of his 83rd birthday.  He continued to work part-time, participated in the Transplant Games of America and most importantly became an active volunteer…

A Time For Reflection and Giving

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In the spirit of the season my thoughts often turn to meaningful ways to show appreciation and support for people and organizations that provide positive life changing opportunities and support for others. We each in our own way have been touched or experienced situations that have had a significant impact on us and people we are close to. I imagine we all have our own significant interests that we support and I appreciate you taking a brief moment with me for reflection and giving. As I think of the groups that are important to me and the ways that I…

Getting Unstuck…Remind Yourself What REALLY Matters

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I’ve been stuck trying to figure out what to write about in my next blog post. I am not a “crank-it-out writer” commenting on important topics, and lately the process of coming up with a meaningful post has seemed forced. Just this week it hit me and at the prompting of my assistant Keri I finally got it when she said, “Simply share the stories and lessons learned throughout your professional career that have been a driving force for what matters to you and that naturally shows up in your work.” Okay, here goes… At a recent introductory meeting over…

Who Is Your Go-To Person?

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You never know who will have an important impact on your career The Broadway Stage Managers’ Association recently recognized my good friend John Fennessy with their Lifetime achievement award. John, widely known as “Fenn,” asked me if I would make his introduction speech. Without hesitation, I said yes. Rewind. My first Broadway stage management job was with the original production of “Grease.” I had finished the Bus & Truck tour and was asked to join the Broadway production as the assistant stage manager. When I arrived at the Royale Theater on West 45th Street, John Fennessy was working on the…

On the Road: Lessons Learned

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Fresh out of graduate school, newly relocated to New York City and after many months of knocking on doors, I got my first big break as the assistant stage manager for the touring production of the hit Broadway show “Grease”. I joined the show, which had already been on the road for a year, in San Francisco for the continuation of the tour across the USA and Canada. I was the new person who had been hired by the producers and creative team back in New York and didn’t know anyone working on the touring production. I met the cast…

Big Breaks Don’t Just Happen

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In a previous post, Focus Your Early Career Decisions Toward Future Goals, I talked about career decisions that led me to New York City to pursue a career working on Broadway. My wife and I rented a small apartment on the West Side of Manhattan and I followed up with, Larry Forde, the director from North Shore Music Theater, who suggested I meet with Eddie Davis, a Broadway producer and general manager. I took Larry’s advice and called to make an appointment with Mr. Davis. The response from his assistant was, “Mr. Davis is very busy. Call back next week.”…