A Roll of the Dice

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“Man must become comfortable in flowing from one role to another, one set of values to another, one life to another. Men must be free from boundaries, patterns and consistencies in order to be free to think, feel and create in new ways.”
― Luke Rhinehart, The Dice Man

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When is a rule not a rule but a guideline?

When it is about the Rule of Thirds.

This challenge reminded me of a story told by a relative of mine, Joyce Carey. She was an actress in theatre and film. If you’ve ever watched Brief Encounter (1945), then you’ve seen her as the lady who worked at the station cafe.

She used to enjoy telling a story about her first play and how the director insisted that every actor stick to the rules. His rules and the rules of acting.

She hated those rules and rebelled at every chance wanting to let her creativity flow unrestricted. Both of her parents were thespians, she was born into the business and born with the passion to act and to be a source of creative expression. Being told what to do, to have to follow rules, is not something that creative passion ever accepts.

The battle between her and the director was fierce, and she eventually had to cede, to follow the rules, his rules. This made her fume, her creative spirit felt oppressed.

Until opening night when the director told her to break the rules, forget what he had told her to do, and to do as she pleased, let her creativity flow as inspired.

She laughed when recalling this – finally she was free and yet she stuck to the rules because she finally understood that they were there as guidelines to help her channel her natural creativity.