Joe Thompson of the Likeability-Fame offered me another delicious expression: Vertical Growth. I am of the upward mobility generation. Vertical Growth is stuff of mastery- upward mobility is of economic growth. I was absolutely thrilled when Joe emphasized that the actor must focus on Vertical Growth. You don’t have to be very wise to know that if you want Vertical Growth as an actor you must at least put in the much talked about ten thousand hours on your craft. What pleases me is that Joe Thompson of Abrams, part of the show business Industry, has expectations of Vertical Growth from the artists he encounters.
Needless to say, there isn’t an artist worth anything who is not invested in their individual Vertical Growth. What I am stressing here from the erudite Joe Thompson is that it is an expectation of the Industry. Let that encourage you to keep training-keep risking-keep exploring yourself and your art form. Often we’re stuck in the inevitable signs of mediocrity of our business, and that can be very discouraging. So let’s seize this vote for excellence from Joe Thompson, and challenge ourselves to gain our greatness, moving always vertically to our goal.