The Dos & Don’ts of Directing Actors (according to Actors)

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The Dos & Don'ts of Directing Actors (according to Actors)


If you’ve never worked with actors before, the idea of directing them can be pretty daunting.


What do you say to them? How do you give direction? How should you conduct yourself on set around the ones you’ve hired to pull off such an emotionally challenging task? Well, the best people to ask are probably — actors. RocketJump Film Academy did just that, asking a handful of different actors what they look for, hope for, and expect when collaborating with directors.



Check out the video below:





In case you couldn’t watch the video, here are the things they mentioned:




Don’t bring up other actors


No one likes to be compared to anyone, so don’t tell your actors to “act like” or “be like” a certain actor, or give a performance similar to one of theirs, because you’re not inspiring them, you’re actually just insulting them.

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