If you haven’t read this article, I HIGHLY recommend it, for all genders!
One thing I thought was worth highlighting in this community was the following:
What happened is that I went to Shonda [Rhimes] and I said, “If you’re moving on to Netflix and you want the show to go down, I’m cool with that. But if you want it to continue, I need to be incentivized. I need to feel empowered and to feel ownership of this show.”
I think in web series, writer/director/producer/multi-hyphenates tend to get bogged down with control-freak tendencies. Our web series are our babies, after all! But ceding some of that ownership to your team, especially your actors, is both advantageous to your overall success and often overlooked. Actors especially, as Pompeo mentions in this article, frequently have the least amount of control on a set, yet they are literally visually tied to it, which can be hard.
Especially when people ask about how to incentivize volunteers on their early works without budgets, I absolutely recommend offering your actors and fellow crew some kind of producing power or credit (within reason and with an ironclad contract, of course), so that they can feel like they’re not just doing you a favor, they’re actively participating in making something awesome. You’d be amazed how quickly that improves sets and how it especially benefits you during promotion time.
Anyone else have thoughts on this or on the article in general? Would love to discuss!