Beware of “The Muscle!” Know “The Muscle!” Fear “The Muscle!”
If you are working on any sort of live performance production, it is important for you to know who, in the production, has “The Muscle.”
“The Muscle” is the decision-maker on the show. Whatever “The Muscle” say, goes.
“The Muscle” can sometimes be a producer because it is their money on the line.
“The Muscle” is rarely, if ever, the Author or Playwright — they are seen as easily replaceable by everyone in the production — even though they never are in reality.
“The Muscle” is never the set designer or the light designer or the stage manager.
“The Muscle” on most projects is usually an actor, a composer — but never a lyricist — or a director.
People do not argue with “The Muscle.” When “The Muscle” speaks, everyone gets in line and follows.
Challenges to “The Muscle” usually end in the blood of the challenger.
Sometimes “The Muscle” from other shows come together to work on a whole new show and there is a fight between former “The Muscles” to see who will be “THE Muscle” on the new show.
The winner of “The Muscle” fight is usually the one with the most recent success — and by “success” we do not mean award or accolades. We mean: Money.
Know “The Muscle.” Accept that you are not “The Muscle.” Hope “The Muscle” is on your side — if not, you can quickly find yourself quashed and on the street wondering what happened — even if “The Muscle” just twitched your way by accident.