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Cliff Notes: Thoughts from the Precipice

Standing on the edge, looking out and down into the chasm of a new project, toes tightly wrapped over the fringe, thoughts racing, adrenaline pumping, breath pounding …take a moment, one last breath, focus, and make the call…press your weight forward and fall.

cliff-jumpStanding on the edge, looking out and down into the chasm of a new project, toes tightly wrapped over the fringe, thoughts racing, adrenaline pumping, breath pounding  …take a moment, one last breath, focus, and make the call…press your weight forward and fall.

That’s where I am, where we are as a company.  There’s a moment in the process where all the ideas, all the thoughts, and dreams, designs, dates, plans etc have to become real…where we move from an exercise in brainstorming, to an exercise in execution.  For me, that moment has always been cheque day, swinging by the venue, hefty deposit in hand, dates now set, load in, tech days, etc etc…shit!  This is really happening.

We’ve just hit that point.  Of course there’s trepidation, of course there are questions, “what have we got ourselves into,” but there’s also an immense excitement, and even more, a sense of inevitability that’s strangely empowering.  I’m simply not allowed, anymore, to over think, under-prepare, be scared, or unsure…I have STAKES.

Stakes have been a theme around here lately.  The announcement of our Money Back Guarantee spurred a conversation within Mnemonic Theatre that was a long time coming.  It gave us the chance to sit down and reevaluate our mission statement, our principles and values.  We’ll do a proper announcement of those soon enough, but for the moment I want to mention one of our Core Values: Accountability.

The word itself was a bit of a revelation to me, at least in the context of my work.  I’ve always believed in the idea of being held accountable, to my words, my beliefs, etc.  But in the context of my work as a producer and artist…well it feels somehow new.  Accountability can be a tool in pursuit of a goal.  When you let yourself be held accountable, suddenly you must produce, you must listen and grow and respond.  When I decide to be held accountable to someone or something other than myself…I can get better, I will work harder, and I will be stronger.

As we start the real work on this new project I’m excited to be held accountable.  I’m still filled with all the other stuff, my heart is still racing, but, like always, we dropped off the cheque, I’ve taken a breathe, focused my thoughts, and leapt…and as I fall headfirst, arms out stretched, wind racing past my face…I couldn’t possibly be happier.


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Jordan Dibe

Written by Jordan Dibe

Artistic Director of Mnemonic Theatre Productions

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