So you've just booked your first real acting gig. You've impressed the casting directors and you're excited about the character you're going to play. But what now? You want to ensure that your professionalism is exemplified. If you impress the people you meet here they could very likely help you find another job in the future. Here are three tips that will help you feel confident you're giving off a good impression and making sure you do not look like a novice to the industry.
1.Know the Script
Know it better than your own name. Know it backwards and forwards. You are enabling a story to be told and you should know what that story is. To come to set with only your lines memorized conveys that you value your position in the production more than the collective effort of the project. Have passion for the story and every other character that comprises it. After all, your role would not exist with out the holistic script. To know the script well is to show respect for the innumerable other people working on or in the production.
2. Know Set or Stage Terminology
The terms on film sets or play stages developed because it is functional. It ensures that messages are delivered directly without any misinterpretation, a vital component to completing a day's shooting in its allotted time and addressing any challenges that may arise in shooting. This terminology also means the creation of an "in group" and an "out group." If you know the terminology, you're part of the "in group," you show an understanding of how sets operate and convey a sense of filmic professionalism. Not knowing these terms places you in the "out group," leaving you with minimal understanding of what goes into the production. Positioning yourself in the out group, not knowing set terminology, means that your on-set credibility is decreased; you don't want to seem like an amateur because you don't know what a medium shot is.
3. Be on Time
If this is your first significant role, perhaps you're playing a supporting character, or maybe you just have one line, be on time. Better yet, be early. There are so many components that contribute to a successful day of shooting, waiting for you to show up should not be one that jeopardizes a good day. Not only does the production lose money in the case of your tardiness, but it may mean that certain shots have to be sacrificed. Once again, this shows your appreciation and respect for the crew and the project. Illustrating that you are passionate will make others more inclined to recommend you for future projects that are well suited to your skill set.
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