Directing is a beautiful synthesis of everything else I do. I see it as a combination of story craft, visual image curation, managing people, and strategic thinking. It is heavily informed by all my other creative work but the actual job is strikingly difficult – almost antithetical.
Writing is the often solitary task of pulling ideas out of the ether and committing them to the page. Photography, while usually involving coordination and collaboration, often feels very solitary once my eye is in the viewfinder. Directing, on the other hand, is a wholly collaborative process concerned mostly with cultivating a vision and conveying it to others.
I love the balance this brings to my creative life. I love solitude, but I also love people. I’m constantly enthralled with other artists and the skills and dedication they bring to the table. Directing is my opportunity to tap into that energy.