Lights, Camera, Action
I have just been to see the stage show “Fame” celebrating Fame 1988. A pop culture phenomenon, Fame means so much today as it did back in the 80’s It presents the perfect platform to deliver a story to a diverse audience. This is particularly challenging in the face of trials, tribulations and self-discovery. Fame deals with issues young people face today of prejudice, body issues, literacy, substance abuse, identity and race. The production calls people in to engage with the story, be entertained be challenge, be moved and inspired.
Inside the real life ‘fame school’ the kids were outcasts from tougher New York schools and found a safe haven there. In this space in the face of extremely tough competition they channelled their energies into achieving their dreams and gave everything they had. Some found real fame.
Students develop their skills behind closed doors, learn acting techniques, have access to different tools; increasing their confidence, amplifying their voice and are given the chance to perform within a strict training regime. The discipline and focus gleaned helps the student to thrive in whatever style of dance they are passionate about. Lights, design and stage craft bring design concepts to life. The young people are equipped to learn and analyse dramatic ideas and moods, interpreting them to shift from the page to the stage. There are parallels for leaders in any walk of life. One strong lesson I came away, with was a need to give context and demonstrate understanding for offering challenge and support. It is so hard for most people to ask for help or to own up to failures. Discipline without love can sometimes cause more harm than good. As leaders we have got to be better at balancing tough activity with kindness and generosity of spirit. Structure, processes, techniques, execution, discipline, and focus to achieve ‘the dream’ create pivots for us all. It is our role to create the conditions for success and to learn as much as we can in the face of failure.