I just had a long chat with a friend and colleague and we talked about how our eagerness to get work can lead to negative situations. We may focus on the juicy role in a script, and not pay enough attention to the circumstances surrounding the shoot. Then we may discover we’re dealing with people or particular individuals who are less than professional with us.
Prematurely accepting the role before carefully measuring a situation is never in your interests as an actor. Even after you have accepted a role, you want to carefully conduct business in a professional way to do your best work and reduce any issues during pre-production and production. Here are 10 things to keep in mind, whether you’re working tomorrow on a low/no-pay set run by a novice director or you’re shooting a scene of a studio film.
10 Ways to Protect Yourself Professionally
1. Respond quickly to project-related communication. Set the tone for your working relationship with the director and all pertinent crew and cast members. Limit communication to only the important details. Adding jokes or other tangential comments is a waste of time. Continue reading