How do you deal with difficult actors? Well, that depends on what kind of difficulty they’re presenting you with. Another
kind of difficult actor is one that asks too many questions, or is high-maintenance.
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How to Deal with Difficult Actors
On behalf of tvlesson.com, my name is Joseph Alder and I'm producing artistic director of GableStage in Coral Gables, Florida.
I'm often asked about what it’s like to deal with difficult actors. I had to tell you that I've been privilege in my opinion to have spent my career working with actors I think as a group. They are the most intelligent, the most caring, the most committed and people I could ever hope to work with. And the most unselfish I must say too, the idea of an actor stepping all over everyone to get a part. I mean that’s not the way I see it and not the way it’s been for me. I must say in all sincerity, I don’t think I've worked with one actor in my career that I wouldn’t work with again. That’s not to say that some aren't more difficult than others.
Of course, the term difficult has to be defined. Usually a difficult actor is somebody whose been abused and misused for so many years that when they get a chance to actually put their foot down and to express themselves, all of their anguish and anxiety comes out. And it’s not that difficult to deal with if you recognize that that’s often what the case maybe. There are difficult people. As a matter of fact, I think people in this profession are called difficult or “high-maintenance” when they ask too many questions.
Now, speaking only for myself, I welcome it. I love it when people ask questions. I especially love it when they have opinions. And when those opinions don’t coincide with mine, I think that’s something that has to be encouraged during the process. After all, theater is about conflict. So they try to remove conflict completely from their rehearsal process is kind of absurd. I mean its conflict that makes the play work. So occasionally we need a little conflict in the rehearsal process. So if that’s what happens when you're working with difficult actors, it’s usually something that can be resolve with a discussion.
On behalf of tvlesson.com, I'm Joseph Alder. Thank you for watching.