Everyone involved behind the camera should try their hand at it, if only to fully understand the anxiety of what the talent goes through. There’s the anxiety that you’ll come across as stupid, ugly or untalented, but also the stress of just trying to make everyone behind the camera happy while being completely ignorant of your job performance. While you may have a firm grasp of what you look and sound like, you really don’t know how you actually come across until you’ve had your self-perceptions challenged by a director’s version of the reality. And when a good director understands these issues first-hand, they learn to better incorporate their talent in on their ideas to get the very best performances.
Here I am as Mr. Anxiety, a character created for BuzzFeed Video:
Video produced by the amazing Bobby Miller.