Truths, Vol. 1

I’ve learned a thing or two in this business. A lot of businesses, actually. And if I can prevent just one of you from making the same mistakes I’ve made, it will all be worth it. Okay, that’s horseshit. But I needed an introductory paragraph, and the illusion of altruism was too alluring (as was alliteration, apparently). On with the list.

• A camera may add 10 pounds, but it removes 30 IQ points.

• The artfulness of a lyric is inversely proportional to its intelligibility.

• You can only sleep your way to the middle.

• The best words to tell a story are the fewest.

Charisma and intelligence are not mutually-exclusive. But throw talent into the mix, and you can pick only two.

• If you save your best song for the encore, you won’t get one.

• Keep the money people separate from the decision makers.

• Lighting a set will take twice as much time as allocated, yet half as much as it should.

• Eventually, effort trumps talent.

• Presenting a client with a lame option for the sole purpose of rejection is risky, because they may well select it.

• Actors who need your direction most, won’t take it.

• Major-seventh chords have no place in rock ‘n’ roll.

• The writer is both the most important person in the room and the worst at expressing herself.

• A TelePrompTer is only as useful as the skill of its copywriter.

• If you can’t repeat a sentence from memory directly after reading it, it’s too long.

• Don’t let an engineer produce your recording session, or vice-versa.

• The importance of the data is inversely proportional to the hard drive’s reliability.

• Never trust anyone who is incapable of being on time.

• I will say anything you want to hear if it will improve your performance.

• If something sounds good, then it is good.

• There are two kinds of people in the world: those who like to place people into little categories, and those who don’t.

• No one ever gets what they want without trying something new.

I heard those last few somewhere else.

About Gordon

Gordon Highland is the author of the novels Flashover and Major Inversions, with short stories in such publications as Word Riot, Black Heart, Noir at the Bar Vol. 2, and Warmed and Bound, among others. He lives in the Kansas City area, where he makes videos by day and music by night.
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