in my old job, i used to role play in an attempt to be prepared for circumstances that could potentially arise in ‘real’ life.
i’d be the sales rep and a colleague/manager/suitable filler would be the buyer. this, of course, is at 8am after 2-3 hrs sleep in your business casual clothes face down on the bed w shoes on. (now don’t go gasping in disbelief at me. c’mon, if you’ve travelled for work, stayed in a hotel….you’ve slept in your business casual clothes and saved the maid from making your bed the next day.)
anyway, there was always a suggested retort for almost any (5-10) possible situations, always with the purpose of selling product. i was never any good at the rehearsed stuff…i’m the guy that would always get possible situation 11-100.
as i type this, i do actually have to sit back and laugh at some of the very fun times i had role playing. my first ever real, videotaped role play happened mere seconds after i picked myself up off the bathroom floor of the Hilton in Montreal and i killed it. i have the tape to prove it.
but i digress.
so new reps would come in to the industry and they would be sick at the thought of the dreaded role play. repeating things over and over and over and over and over and over and then when it came time to role play…..your tongue sets a pace your mind can’t keep up with and you get notes taken about you that you can’t read because it’s upside down and you’re hung over.
my point here….
today i set up to meet w Sarah and Sean for an engagement shoot. I knew they were lawyers so i just asked them to bring some law books and meet me at the Rebecca Cohn. thats it. no more preparing.
there’s something to be said for just letting it all hang out and going with whatever is in front of you and around you. i really enjoyed this shoot today after hours of editing.