LeRoy Bennett’s career as a stage designer got off to a precarious start.

“I worked very hard to make that show for him,” Bennett recalls. “Then Prince had to cancel the tour because he wasn’t selling any tickets. We were playing theaters and probably only the first 10 rows were sold out.”

In hindsight, things turned out just fine for Prince and for Bennett, but those early days still provided invaluable experience. Bennett jokes the biggest thing he learned from Prince, with whom he worked for several years, was “how to stay up for three days without sleep.” In truth, Prince provided a guiding philosophy that governs Bennett to this day: “I learned to push myself beyond what I thought I was able to do,” Bennett says. “You never grow unless you go outside your comfort zone. That’s what he taught me.”

via Variety.

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