I often begin my initial interviews with performers by asking: "What are you good at?" and then ask, "What terrifies you?" Every artist must first understand what their strengths are, and then make sure that the thing they default to is a choice, not a habit. This requires courage on the part of the performer, a willingness to get up in front of their peers and feel helpless, to take a leap of faith, to endure temporary discomfort. There are very few places where we can take this risk, feel safe enough to take this leap, and then get clear constructive feedback. That is what enables us to move forward and go to new places in our work. That is what I seek to give students at my studio - a safe place to explore.