I read somewhere Steve Spielberg talking about the importance of mentorship. I thought to myself, “That’s great, how do I get his number?” Of course the answer to that is, you don’t. But that’s OK; I lean a little more towards Ingmar Bergman and Stanley Kubrick anyway. Both of which I will not be getting their numbers either unless Verizon’s service reaches as far as they boast about.
As a director, I would have and still would love to have a mentor. There are many times I wish I had another director that I respect and admire to call up just to bitch about my day on set. Because really no one understands a director like another director. All the need to bitch to someone aside, to me to have a mentor would probably feel like if you were stranded on a deserted island and someone walked up to you, offered you something more than a coconut and told you they could help you find a way off the island.
In this business, it’s really helpful to have someone with experience to point the way. And I’m not even talking about creative guidance; I’m talking about guidance in career navigation. Also, lets face it, connections are a bit of a must in this business. There’s no such thing as starting in the mailroom and working up to director.
But being your own guide isn’t all bad either. Although I’m not always happy where things may be for me, I don’t ever look back at anything as a misstep. My own choices have brought me to some great projects, including the web series “Anyone But Me” which I work as the director as well as executive producer and writer. “Anyone But Me” is also the big reason why I’m writing this blog for dot429. A great organization that I’m proud to be a part of, which advocates mentorship. And because of dot429, if one day someone thinks I could be a mentor to him or her they won’t have to look too hard for my number.