This topic came from a good friend. It's kind of a "duh" in a way but for a perfectionist (like most creatives) it's a necessary mantra.

"Everyone wants good, fast and cheap.  In the real world, you can have 2 of those.  You can't have it all.  I know it's not fair.  HOWEVER....."

Most of the time, "good and fast" works well - but it won't be cheap.

Sometimes "good and cheap" works well - but it won't be fast.

Rarely, "cheap and fast" can happen - but it won't be good.

Apply to your world.  In business, fast food, relationships, so many areas, we need to redefine our terms a bit.

For us and our fellow creatives, it should serve to clarify the flowchart of working with a customer - a compromise of sorts - where everyone gets something, not everything.

And that can be good enough for most - especially when the almighty dollar (budget) is ever-present in the room.

"X" will get you a stage show.  It won't get you Cirque.  That costs "XXXXX"

"X" will get you multiple performers.  It won't get you multiple A-listers.

"X" will increase productivity, and we'll deliver "X" speed.

"X" is all the time we have at the event.  The Mona Lisa took 4 years.

This is not to say that we shouldn't all want to "raise our own bar."  As a stilt walker, I've enjoyed being able to do more and more, grow taller, make balloons, etc.  However, each of these skills is hard-earned, has value and shouldn't be given away.  Apples-to-apples.  

As a mime, I've enjoyed working large crowds and moving around but every interaction is not going to have the same "wow" factor - some folks won't get it and others won't have a sense of humor.

It's another delicate balance between humble and ego, between service and exploiting, between cost of quality and cost of living.  

How can this formula help you?


Troy Ganser