Long before I co-founded my boutique production company, I directed my own projects. I did my own thing and didn't have to worry about anything or anyone else. If I triumphed, it was all me - if I failed, all me. I don't claim to know everything, but what I do know is that I have a bunch of experience and I think that all experiences - good or bad - are useful and mandatory for success. Here are some key things I've learned in my experience Co-Directing:
Only into my 30's I began to have an inkling of what this meant. I'm a Type A personality and have an order to the way I do things. I'm extremely strategic. Co-directing has taught me a bit of patience as I understand it's a collaborative effort and we both want the best possible outcome for the project as a whole. I will admit - sometimes this can be difficult for me because my brain processes my thoughts faster than I have time to fully explain what I mean about one thing before I am on to the next. I am definitely a work in progress.
Being open to ideas that aren't my own took some time. Not to say that all of my ideas are gold - I've definitely failed in the past, please believe. I've definitely grown in this area and it benefits my own artistry by being able to do so - especially when wanting to collaborate with others.
3. Do It With Someone You Trust
This is imperative. If you don't trust the person you are working so closely with - this is literally going to be impossible. Everyone has their "off days" and you want to be able to work with someone who knows you well enough to be able to at least know your processes; or how you think for most part. If you're lucky enough to work with someone like this, it makes those "off days" a little bit easier.
4. It's Ok To Not Know The Answer To Something
Just make sure you have the ability to find out or figure it out - and quickly! Trial and error is the true foundation of expertise.
5. Remember Why You Do This / Take 5
Directing brings me joy. I'm fortunate enough to have been told that I am good at it. What some people don't realize is that it's a helluva lot more than saying "Action!" and "Cut!" The other factors are what can become stressful. It's a lot of work and its work that I love doing but any day on set can present a number of unexpected variables. I had to learn that it's ok to take 5 to regroup. Trust me, it helps. I am someone who gets to live out my dreams, there are a lot of people who don't and for that...I am blessed.