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Changing Direction: A Practical Approach to Directing Actors in Film and Theatre by Lenore DeKoven

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What Do the Actors Say?

As I have been saying repeatedly in many different ways, Listen to your actors at all times! Assuming that you have done a good job on the casting process and that you’ve hired good actors, you will find that your actors’ instincts, as well as your own, are among the best friends you’ve got on the project. Most actors, particularly good actors, are intelligent, sensitive, and articulate. They usually have an unerring instinct about what is right for their characters and for themselves as actors. I believe that the reason many actors become directors is that they are weary of the frustrations generated as a result of being ignored by arrogant or overly insecure directors who remain ...

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