Thanks for sharing, Rod! It's always encouraging to hear from other directors and filmmakers that they are always learning, no matter how much experience they have. I've directed a couple short films and both times most of the people I've worked with are friends who don't necessarily do anything in the film industry but are just passionate about the arts and creativity. So it was cool hearing you talk about finding people who you want to be in the trenches with.
I don't have acting experience, and I've just learned directing from working on sets and just doing it on my own projects. What advice would you give on directing the actors or any resources that you could point me towards?