Why is this soooo hard?
- Plot out one script with stage directions, costume themes, set design, sound/music
If it were easy, every one could be a director. But not every one is a director, doctor, teacher, or police officer. There’s a reason people, who are sick like me, choose (chose?) to become a director. I’m still figuring mine out.
I think one of the biggest roadblocks I face is what show do I want to direct first? As a reasonable human being, I know that I could position for whatever show I absolutely wanted and if I were to be successful in convincing a board or play committee that I could do, they might say no anyway because it wouldn’t fit in their season theme. What kind of rejection is that? I’d rather someone slap me then tell me I didn’t fit their theme.
This might be an ongoing goal. I know one of my very dear friends who has theatre in her blood can do this – maybe not necessarily at the drop of the hat for her most loved shows – but almost without thinking. It’s second nature to her – she’s seen so many shows and be a part of so many productions (Director, Set Designer, Make up, Producer, etc) that she can eat think and breath play preparation. I can’t even pick a show.
I *know* that I should *not* compare myself to another human being, especially one who has clearly made it her life goal to be a part of the theatre but it’s kind of hard being surrounded by that magnanimous talent. And she is larger than life, a very good friend, and more than a good director. I can imagine learning no better from any one else. I already started.
Previously I had provided my past Boss Books for the two one acts that I directed over the summer (hard to believe that was less than a month ago at this point). And it can’t be that much more difficult to “fill out” another one for another play, right? Wrong. That’s what I thought, too, but it does take an extraordinary amount of vision and creativity to develop a plan. This cannot be done by the seat of your pants. No theatre, or at least no valued and acclaimed theatre, would ever consider giving over their space to a director if there were no plans in place.
Here are the questions that would arise:
- How much money do you need for your entire show?
- To build the set? How long will that take?
- For your costumes? Do you have access to a seamstress? Are you renting or buying?
- Do you need to purchase props?
- How long will you need to build your set?
- Do you have a crew of people to help you?
- What about painting, both purchasing and applying to the set?
- Are you publicizing the event outside of the theatre’s standard publicity realm?
- What show are you presenting for candidacy?
- Do you have any casting constraints or special circumstances?
- What do your auditions typically look like for shows?
This is a lot. Things that aren’t typically in my wheel house to consider. I don’t know how much lumber I would need for a set. I don’t even know how I’d go about estimating that type of need. I think I was a bit harder on myself with this goal than the other ones, this isn’t something I can turn around in a month. And that’s okay, I don’t have to meet any of the above except when I am capable of meeting them and doing them well because I could definitely never doing something half-assed. That’s not me and it’s not my style.
I’ll be setting up a new page shortly of short range goals and long range goals, I’ll be linking back to these blog posts when I complete them so you can see what I accomplished in my many, many, many months (two total at this point) of becoming a Director.
‘Til next time.