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.

Themes. Pfft.

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:

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. Are you publicizing the event outside of the theatre’s standard publicity realm?
  4. What show are you presenting for candidacy?
  5. Do you have any casting constraints or special circumstances?
    • Pre-casted?
    • 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.

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