I have been making independent movies professionally since 2001. Since that time I have specialized in three main styles: music documentaries, horror, and offensive comedies. (some of my horror movies are comedy-horror, but I specialize in taboo and sex horror because other directors seem to be afraid of the subject matter - that's why this special flavor of movie sells so well on TLAraw.com).
I like to include a variety of people in my movies. Sometimes I love to hire people who have NO experience - they don't get the big roles, but they get to start their movie path, and I like to be a part of their history. I am a pretty good coach and I can direct anyone.
Each movie has people who have worked with me before, but I always have new faces. I also think that it's important to hire a VARIETY of "looks" (unless the movie is about a killer who targets specific victims)
I don't make movies as "demos" for Hollywood. I am not ashamed of being independent. I can't create the beauty of a Hollywood film, but I can do a LOT of things that Hollywood can't. As mentioned above, I even do things that other indie directors are afraid to.
Just to be clear, I do NOT make porn movies. I like to push boundaries, but I do not cross them.
(this is a clip of professionals who share their opinioins)