Directors have it bad. The role is extremely difficult and there is really no one else to blame if everything goes wrong.
Take the independent filmmaker that directs their own short film. Off the top of my head, the director is responsible for writing a script, convincing key stakeholders with resources, skills, or funding to buy into this script early on. Then, they have to secure the location with all the crazy permits, bureaucrats, red tape. Next, they need to hire several camera persons, lighting, gimbal, sound, editing, producers, drivers, and equipment. The equipment is heavy, expensive, and fragile - a recipe for a disaster. Cars are rented and every scene needs to be meticulously planned because there is no second chance if the weather doesn’t cooperate or the permit is short term or the budget is tight. Food allergies must be considered and meals be good enough to keep the team going but not too full. Lastly, the editor and/or director must edit for months to pull together the sounds, colors, cuts, etc. of each scene. It’s not over - that film must be presented and distributed to the public so the team can get that recognition or more often critics.
If an actor or actress doesn’t show up during the film, the show must go on and someone else must fill that role - even the directors themselves. There is so much room for error and the show must go on. This is kind of like the COBA startup life and it really never ends.