Once we receive a booking, our professionalism needs to amp up, not fade away into the relaxation that hits once the casting process is finished.
We need to know what I like to call "set etiquette."
I want to call your attention to one thing in particular that we should avoid doing as actors since it will make everyone feel very awkward. Watch the video or read the outline below to see if you're making this etiquette mistake on set.
video outline available below
Most actors will do this in an effort to be helpful and supportive, but it can actually create more confusion.
If we hear a miscommunication between the director and another actor, I really think we should avoid the temptation to intervene.
It could accidentally give others the impression that we feel we "could do this better." Even if that isn't true, we wont' really have the opportunity to explain ourselves.
If another voice is added to the mix, it will most likely distract the actor taking direction.
Also, it's the director's job to help the actor "get it," but it's not our job to help them.
So instead, be a fly on the wall, and listen to the exchange.
First, you'll learn how the director communicates.
This will be great knowledge to have if you work with them again in the future.
Second, you may learn how to better communicate by listening to the actor.
This has been true for me in acting class. For example, I thought my acting coach was asking me a lot of rhetorical questions in class until I watched more veteran students interact with him.
He really wanted us to answer his questions as a means of helping us "get it."
So take notice of what types of questions the actor is asking. It may boost your confidence in asking those same types of questions later.
Third, only give your two cents if the actor comes up to you and specifically asks for your advice.
It's important to note that your advice should only come in the form of a constructive criticism using the sandwich method.
Let's commit to being quick to listen and slow to speak next time we're on set. If you want to be challenged as an actor, then click the pic below to sign up for these weekly trainings:
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