We live with blind spots, whether it’s the percussion line at the bottom of a score, the tax requirements we didn’t realize we had, or that improvisation would be really helpful in getting a job. Sometimes they’re innocent enough. Other times, they are icebergs-in-waiting with potentially disastrous results. (Working through a venue with a proprietary ticketing system that requires your audience to do a lot of work to buy a ticket can result in deadly few ticket sales, for instance.)
How can we eliminate blind spots? 1) We can’t. Sometimes, we won’t know until it’s too late. It’s important to learn from those mistakes and to share with others in similar situations when possible. 2) We keep pushing our boundaries, working to discover what we don’t know we don’t know. We read. We learn from others. 3) Assume they’re there and react decisively when things do go awry.