Chapter 15

The Actor

It helps the actors when the director is prepared. Oftentimes actors are looking to be reassured, to help them get where they need to be. It’s like being a parent. They want to please. They want to be stroked and told, “Yeah, you’ve done it.” So, I think by you being calm and understanding you can help take the actors where they need to be.

Be’ Garrett



Actors are the director’s primary storytelling vehicles. A good actor can breathe life into a character and a script. Being able to aid and guide the actors through the production is the director’s job.

The relationship between a director and an actor is an important one. The director should know what the actor is capable of in any given situation. Casting ...

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