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Directing the Documentary, 5th Edition by Michael Rabiger

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Chapter 2Defining your Artistic Identity

Quest

By nature human beings are seekers, and the quest for those in the arts is to find meanings in life—a fundamental and noble drive if ever there was one. Documentaries are a superb vehicle for this work. Here are some questions for you to ponder:

How should you use your developing skills in the world? What kind of subjects should you tackle?

How will you earn a living?

What are you avid to learn about?

Do you already have an artistic identity and can you articulate it aloud?

Do the work in this chapter, and even if you’ve never done anything artistic before, you’ll find you already have an artistic identity. That is, you have an inner drive to create order and emotional meaning in connection with ...

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