Director Guillermo Del Toro Says Stop Making Excuses

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"So the advice is that if you want to direct, direct.  And even easier: if you want to write, write.  You now, I think that writing is the only... one of the only things that can be done with very little resources and even if you die and you were unpublished, you still have a chance.  You know, it’s truly... you cannot do that with directing.  You need other people, you need a little bit of help, you need at least an actor in front of the camera, you know. But I think these are what I say is go and do it.  And you know, when they say, 'I would like you to do this for me'—and I produce a lot of first-time filmmakers, but I don’t produce all the first-time filmmakers that approach me—and I say, 'Look, if I say, no, and you give up, I’m sorry to tell you, but it’s the wrong job for you.'  Because you live with rejection for decades sometimes as a director and you end up making the movie you want to make.  So, if I say no, that doesn’t mean that I’m right or I’m wrong, you just say, 'F--- him, I’ll show him later.  I’m gonna make it and that fat bastard is gonna have to say I was so wrong and hit himself in the head because he didn’t do it.'  And I think that’s the thing to do is like, show us.  Don’t tell us.  You know? Do the things. And if you do them wrong, what you do on your own terms, that’s how I define success; failing on your own terms." - Guillermo Del Toro via The Big Think
 

 

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