Director's Notes from Youssef Delara
Independent films are hard so laugh a lot. They are exhausting to endure but freeing to your creative spirit. Here are a couple things I learned along the way. You don't have to have all the answers, or even act like you know what you're doing, you just have to be honest. You have to trust your vision in the moments it lets you down. Cop to your mistake, openly in public, then everyone wants to help. People are generally nice that way if you empower them. Work your tail off, because then you can call out anyone who doesn't. Don't worry about your vision or personal stamp, everyone's got one that's probably derived from everything they've ever seen. Just do what you think is cool. And, this is big, listen to trusted friends, when they tell you It's not as cool as you think it is. This might sound obvious but you'd be surprised the acting up giving something up, even something small, goes a long way. Sometimes you have to be a jerk, don't worry about it, just laugh it off.
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