The combination of ego, fear and comparison is devastating, Tricia tells us. She continues,
When you live in the trifecta of ego, fear and comparing yourself to others, you are not only hurting yourself, you are slowing down the process of you being amazing.
I bring this to your attention, because as a director, one of my jobs is to observe. I watch and wait. I have to be patient with my actors because, they are also in process. I can’t expect perfection out of the gate. In addition to waiting, I also observe their insecurities, their behaviors and their achievements. I watch them. It’s my job. I may not love something they are doing, but I wait, because they may organically stop. Or not, and that’s when I decide it I ask them to change it. It’s the process.
I get a lot of questions in the process, in the room, like, “Do you want me to cross on this line? Do you want me to play this with more anger or sadness? Is this reading”. Purposefully, I often answer, “I’m not sure yet”. This is because sometimes, I’m not sure yet, and other times I want them to find it on their own, because they know the characters more than me. They are inside the characters.
Once I’ve waited for a while, if they are still stuck or need my support, I’ll direct. I’ll tell the actors what I want them to do and they do it.