“There’s a little thing on your shoulder called intuition, and it whispers in your ear. Everyone has that. There is a voice telling you to do something. Most people ignore it, but you must listen to it. I do it every day, all day.”

Ridley Scott

There are no “sure things” when it comes to having a career as a director. The only thing we can say with certainty is that nothing ever plays out exactly as we envisioned it. A director’s career is filled with surprises—much like the journeys of the greatest film and television protagonists.

Nevertheless, setting a goal, envisioning it, and moving toward it actively and with conviction is a worthwhile plan. You may find that your efforts lead you somewhere you didn’t ...

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