Sam Mendes, busy director of both film (most recently “Skyfall”) and stage (he’s returning “Cabaret” to Broadway this season), was honored the other night by Manhattan’s Roundabout Theater Company — and responded by sharing a thoughtful, literate list of what he called “25 steps towards becoming a happier director.” It’s pretty terrific advice, even if you’re not a director. Read the whole thing here; below are a few highlights:
- “Try to learn how to make the familiar strange, and the strange familiar. Direct Shakespeare like it’s a new play, and treat every new play as if it’s Shakespeare.”
- “There is no right and wrong, there is only interesting, and less interesting”
- “Paintings, novels, poetry, music are all superior art forms. But theater and film can steal from all of them.”
- “Get on with it. Robert Frost said, “Tell everything a little faster.” He wasn’t wrong.”
- “Always have an alternative career planned out. Mine is a cricket commentator. You will never do this career, but it might help you get to sleep at night.”
- “Never, ever, ever forget how lucky you are to do something that you love.”
Well put, sir.