It's bad science, and I guess pretty bad as philosophy. And may be bad spiritually, it is too egoic. But good, maybe, as a magical incantation, a spell to get the mind to take its endless constructions less seriously and wake up to reality.
Everybody has this function, the role is enacted, consciously or not, and playing it well or poorly. It's your self-story, the way you dramatize yourself to yourself (and to others, but that is secondary). You can't avoid doing it, even the anti-narrative folks have to account for themselves.
Being aware of the process as such is something else, of course. That happens at a distinct level of development, I think.
You can make your own moves from a point of zero interference...so turn the zero camera on yourself. You never see anything else anyway.
The Burroughs clip was urging something rather specific, a sort of passive take-it-all-in directorial style. That does not seem to be the only way to direct.