– Lesli Linka Glatter on the set of “Homeland” in North Carolina.
Welcome to my blog! This past year has been incredible and I’m excited to share some of my adventures with you. I left General Hospital last year to really focus my time on a long-time dream of directing television. I was accepted into the ABC/Disney Directing program and have become friends with many of the other Directors in the program. They are all so talented and have so much to offer in terms of their unique perspectives and talent. It’s so cool to share our experiences with each other and support one another in what can be a very competitive atmosphere.
One of the things the program offers is to “shadow” an already working professional Director. Over the past year, I have shadowed Joel Zwick (Shake It Up), Fred Gerber (The Lying Game), Alfonso Ribiero (Shake It Up), Pamela Fryman (How I Met Your Mother), Stephen Kay (Covert Affairs), Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland) and Andy Fickman (Liv & Maddie). I am so grateful for the time each of them took to give me pointers while juggling their already packed schedules. But this is what directors do, they juggle.
The title of this blog, “I got this”, is in reference to an important piece of advice that was given to me by another woman on set. Being a female in an almost all-male workplace comes with its own set of challenges. It has been my experience that women really want to see other women succeed. I’ve also encountered a couple of bad apples, some closest to me, but for the most part there is an unspoken sisterhood that pops up when you least expect it, and that’s when I’m reminded of all the women who have come before us to make it possible. Thank you Pamela Fryman, Lesli Linka Glatter, Kathryn Bigelow, Penny Marshall, Nora Ephron, Nancy Meyer, Andrea Arnold, Julie Taymor… just to name a few.
The advice was simple…
If you feel like someone is trying to take over your vision or undermine you, put your hand out in an assertive, yet calm manner and say “I got this.” Be careful that you don’t immediately apologize for this gesture. Carry on and be confident.
Beyond this simple and poignant piece of advice, I have learned so much. I also had the privilege of watching Claire Danes give 150% in every single take and listening to Alfonso Ribiero belt out love songs in between scenes. I learned once again what a glorious place a TV or movie set can be. And let’s not forget about the food! My biggest challenge as a “shadow” has been to NOT eat the 4pm chili dogs or the midnight pizza run. Yes, I gained a few pounds but I had a lot of fun doing it, and I met many of the crew members at the craft service tables.
I have to say the greatest moment was when I received a note from a young actor I directed at Shake It Up! I’m not sure if this kid knew this was my first gig or not, but he treated me with the respect of a veteran. The note read, “You’re my favorite director I’ve ever worked with.” Whether or not I was the only director (ha) I will cherish this note forever.
Thank you to all the Directors who allowed me to watch them do their magic and I hope to make you proud with my work in the future. And so the journey begins…