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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

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

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

My Time to Wear Red

I wore a red outfit the other day for the first time in my life.  To look at me, wearing red while interacting at an industry event, you wouldn’t have known it was a big deal.  But it was a

Love vs. Fear

My husband insisted I watch the first episode of Bates Motel.  I stuck with it for the first fifteen minutes, admiring its style (directed by Tucker Gates) and hating its content.  I left the room in a huff after Vera

That’s The Way It Is

Walter Cronkite would end his nightly broadcasts saying, “And that’s the way it is,” asserting that the CBS Evening News was telling the truth for that day. Well, the way it is for women directors in the TV and film

Leaving episodic shackles behind

Just wrapped ABC/Shondaland “Scandal”.  OMG!!  My level of excitement felt the same as when I first began directing, in part because I was challenged to shoot the script differently, and partly because the writing was so damn good and the

Rediscovering the craft

I’ve been talking about the craft of directing a lot lately, as people discover the book, (Directors Tell the Story) and ask me to speak on the subject.  I thought I (and Mary Lou) had covered the subject completely in

Big questions, little moments

My script for In Plain Sight was ostensibly about a drag queen who had to go into Witness Protection after seeing his boss murdered.  And for the main characters, it was about their choices in life: getting engaged for Fred

Life Is Good

Gratitude is everything. Every day starts with a prayer of gratitude, but on shooting days, I know I have something extra to be grateful for. “I get to shoot today, thank you, God!” I take the newspaper to work with