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Why I Teach Directing

Because I absolutely love directing. Because I have knowledge to share. Because the business needs it. It’s not that the business needs me, per se, but the business needs someone to step up and say, “Many directors in TV today

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CALL ME A GOOD DIRECTOR

I am not a female director, I am a good director. My gender has nothing to do with my creative vision, my leadership skills, my ability to tell a story for the screen. My gender has nothing to do with

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A Trustworthy Relationship

          The fundamental relationship between director and actor is one of trust. The actor trusts that the director knows what she’s doing and will support and lead the actor to an authentic and appropriate performance. The

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Directing With a Different Voice

I heard a piece of music the other day that made me rethink everything I’ve learned about the business of directing TV shows. I’ve directed over 200 episodes of prime-time network television over 30 years. I co-wrote a textbook about

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What Makes A Good Director?

 1. The passion to be a storyteller. 2. A love for actors. 3. An outgoing personality. 4. Intelligence. 5. An ability to use the camera well. 6. An outgoing personality. 7. A facility for political gamesmanship. 8. Dogged determination to

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Choosing to be Happy

I am happy where I am. Just now I’m in Nashville, directing the eponymous show, and in my free time talking with area college students.  I am invariably asked if I wish that I directed movies.  The subtext I take

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We “Minority” Directors

Last weekend Paris Barclay was elected President of the Directors Guild of America.  As he should be.  He is a quality director who has won Emmys, and has been producer/director of numerous shows, including Sons of Anarchy and In Treatment. 

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The Freelancer’s Secret

    A young aspiring director asked me this week how I cope with the most stressful aspect of being a freelance director: walking into the environment of a show that’s new to me, and after just seven days of

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A Director’s Dialogue

  I attended a Hollywood producer’s workshop last weekend on pitching, packaging and financing, since I know I have a lot to learn in these areas.  It was not the information that rattled me, but the multiple anecdotes about what

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Sail On To Success

Picture this: you are a small boat adrift in the Pacific Ocean.  Sometimes the wind fills your sails and you feel like you’re flying, going far and feeling good.  Sometimes you’re becalmed.  Sometimes you can see danger coming, like a

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