Ever try to look at the back of your head in the mirror? It’s very difficult if you don’t have another mirror. That’s what trying to direct your own show is like. Even comedians get feedback on their work. If you’re just starting out and this is your first show, find a friend who would like to try their hand at directing.
If you are planning to make this your career, don’t waste time with a friend who does it for free. Find someone who you trust, you is capable of asking you great questions that expand your view and make you go deeper into your work, and pay them. A professional director. Don’t screw around. Invest in yourself. Care for your craft. Put your money where your art is.
You can find directors anywhere. Go see some local one person shows and local storytelling. Go see local theatre. [Comedians don’t usually have directors, but you can go see some comedy anyway.] When you see a monologue or show you like, note the name of the director and contact them.
Ask about their experience and how they work. Share a little bit about what you’re working on (but not a ton—they don’t need to hear every detail.) Ask what they charge. Is it hourly or project-based? Some directors won’t want to commit to working on your project and/or putting their name on it until they see your work. You may work out a trial period and see how you both work together. Don’t commit until you are sure you’ll be happy with them.
Questions to ask yourself about potential directors you interview:
- Do I like, trust, and respect this person?
- Is this someone who I would like to share intimate details of my life with?
- Do I feel they have a strong knowledge and wisdom of story structure? Acting? Life?
- Do I feel they can use their knowledge and wisdom to help me carry out MY vision and not just help me to make something they think is good?
- Can they give feedback in a way that feels good to me, that I don’t take personally? Am I able to receive their feedback easily and make improvements easily?
- Are they supporting my highest vision and what is real in me?