Filmmaking / Directing : Being Vulnerable Without Over-Sharing by Karen "Kay" Ross

Karen "Kay" Ross

Being Vulnerable Without Over-Sharing

I chanced upon this really great article from Brene Brown, and it got me thinking - as a director, we often find ourselves creating an environment that allows our actors to be vulnerable. The question is, how do we demonstrate vulnerability without burdening our actors with too much personal information?

The article is not directly film-related, and yet I felt myself immediately applied it to my experience directing and creative producing. What do you think? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

https://ideas.ted.com/how-to-be-vulnerable-at-work-without-spilling-everything-from-brene-brown/?utm_content=2023-3-06&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social&utm_source=linkedin.com

Debbie Croysdale

@KarenK Thanks for the share. U Tube interview awesome. I'm now a fan of Brene B. Although not particularly directed to film the talk touched on vulnerability as being strength opposed to weakness, latter being a common misconception in all walks of life.

As a director, showing my vulnerability in certain circumstances pricks a better re action in performers. Not always necessary but does work if needed.

Maurice Vaughan

Great share, Kay. The article talks about establishing boundaries, and Brené says, "Are you sharing your emotions and your experiences to move your work, connection or relationship forward?" When I'm being open about personal things on here and other social media (being vulnerable), I make sure it's for a reason (building a relationship, using life to relate to screenwriting, encouraging someone, etc.). And even then, I ask myself "Should I really share this?" before sharing personal things.

Debbie Croysdale

PS I’ll return to this thread when not travelling with sparse intermittent hotel wi fi as question raised how not to burden actors with too much personal info regards vulnerability needs answering at length. Quickly though improvisation is one way.

Nick Waters

Great post, thanks for sharing with us.

GiGi Raines

Hey! Great question!

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