Taylor Swift has opened up about her journey into directing, saying it “came out of necessity”.
The 32-year-old singer has directed around 10 music videos and one short film, the latter of which is currently up for Best Short Film at the 2023 Oscars.
All too good: the short film is an adaptation of her 2012 song “All Too Well” and stars stranger things Actors Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien. It has already received several awards, including an MTV Video Music Award.
Talking to colleagues The Banshees by Inisherin Director Martin McDonagh for diversity In the latest episode of Directors on Directors, Swift was asked if she’s always wanted to direct.
“No, I always wanted to tell stories. I’ve always written stories, poems, songs. And I think that just grew out of that storytelling. And the more I did it, the more I loved it.” midnight singer explained.
McDonagh went on to ask if Swift’s path to directing was knowing she could do a “better job than the person who actually did it.”
“Whoa, we’re just going in, aren’t we,” she laughed, before adding, “That actually came out of necessity.”
Swift said, “I’ve been writing my videos for years, and I had a video that was a very specific concept that I wrote [2019’s The Man]that was that I wanted to be prosthetically turned into a man and live my life as a man.
“And I wanted a female director to direct. And the few I reached were fortunately fully booked. We like it when women work. So I thought, ‘Maybe I could make it,'” she continued.
“And when I was directing, I was just like, ‘This is actually more fulfilling than I could have ever imagined.'”
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The Oscar-winning director then loudly questioned whether directing Swift had come about “almost by accident.”
“It was, sort of,” she replied. “I’m slowly making my way towards taking on more responsibility.”
Swift will next direct her first feature film with Searchlight Pictures.
Most recently, after the Ticketmaster fiasco, she selected verified fans for a second chance to buy tickets for her 2023 Eras Tour.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/taylor-swift-directing-all-too-well-b2243848.html Taylor Swift says directing All Too Well was ‘out of necessity’