So how many of you have ever been allowed to go "off script" when filming? Did you have a flexible director that said "Hey, I liked that. Let's go with it." or was it "What the hell you doing?! That's not the line!" I have found in my years as an actor that the best films are the one that lets you develop your character that you were hired to play and allow a bit of flexibility in bringing that character out in your delivery and your style without compromising the vision of the writer and the director. I have worked with both types of directors in my time. The latter while stressful, I always gave him my respect and it took only once to realize that this was his project and you did it his way. You are the employee and he is the boss. Having said that, being able to throw an improv line in here and there to jell the shot or being able to bounce off say your partner in the shot if he or she blew a line to make it work makes things just that much more interesting. Acting also demands deep diving. Developing a vision that both matches your profile and that of the writer as well as the director takes a team. Stress really develops when you read a line and a shot is blocked and action is yelled only to have the whole thing done over and over take after take because nobody can agree upon what the shot should look like. You see it one way, the director sees it another way, the DP sees a better shot this way, OMG and you wonder why films cost so much. This boils down to the professionalism of the crew and production you signed on to do. Indies can be a lot this way. I work mostly in Florida. I am passed that stage of my life where I think I have to be living in a mansion in Melrose reporting to Universal. I would never stop anyone from that dream but I stay fairly busy between gigs here in the Sunshine State and Georgia. Share your stories about your life on set. I would be glad to hear them. Stay focused, stay in workshops, and break a leg!