Proving to myself that I belonged in graduate school in my early 40s was both a challenge and a learning experience. It opened my eyes to new processes and disciplines, but also reinforced that I had been learning many of the “right” things over the years of designing, tech-ing, and directing.
First and foremost, keep focused. If you can give me the time between the first bell and the last bell, you’ll get a lot out of the class. Equally importantly, challenge yourself. Try. If you don’t succeed, ask questions and try again. You need to be willing to fail to ultimately succeed.
Above all, I value commitment. Whether tech-ing or directing, I am always interested in sharing a project with people who wholeheartedly commit themselves to a task. I’ll take a person who is “all in” but still learning the ropes over an experienced person who is half-committed any day.