Ron Howard Shares His Directing Mantra

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Even the Hollywood pros get overwhelmed sometimes! Now we know what one leading director repeats to himself to get in the right frame of mind.

Ron Howard was talking with Black Hollywood Live’s Carla Renata on The Curvy Critic about his new film, Pavarotti, when he revealed the mantra he repeats when filming.

“When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I just focus and I say, ‘ok, what’s my job today?'” shared Howard. “Cause I like to distill it down to work.”

Howard said after so many years in the entertainment industry, he tries not to overthink it.

“What are we supposed to be doing right now? Let’s put everything else aside for just a minute and get focused on that,” Howard said. “That gives me a kinda peace of mind, and a little equilibrium and we do that.”

Pavarotti shares the life of famed opera singer Luciano Pavarotti through the lens of never-before-seen footage, as well as personal interviews and concert performances.

In making this film in particular, Howard was grateful for the team around him.

“Of course I’m not an opera singer. I don’t have to do it alone. I get to do it with a fantastic group of unbelievably talented, committed artists, and, and, and technicians,” said Howard. “I love being on the team and sometimes leading the team.”

Pavarotti is now playing in theaters.

Michael Clouse

Michael Clouse


Michael Clouse is a writer and Producer at AfterBuzz TV.