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October 27, 2014

How to behave like a pro around a director

I've never been a director, but my heart goes out for them. The closest I ever got was being an art director, which is just working with a photographer and models for a photo shoot. I called it a *one-frame movie*, and even that was hard to do. And the reason is that very few people know how to behave around a director. Those who do are considered pros, and are asked back for the next project, those who don't just make life miserable for everyone, from the director, to the camera people, to the actors.

There are a few things that will mark you as a pro when you work with a director:

• Read the script. Yes, the whole thing, not just your lines. No, you don't have memorize all of it, but you should be familiar with the script. If you're a poor reader, it will, unfortunately, show when you get to rehearsals, and shooting. A lot of people don't realize how important it is to be able to read, and comprehend, in *show business*. As you wait for your next gig, sharpen up your reading, and comprehension, skills.

• Show up, on time, ready to work. This is a given. If you're late, or a no-show, or any of the other things that people do that shows that they aren't a pro, you're just going to show what an idiot you are. And by the way, everyone who is saying, *it's OK, it's fine*, is lying. They wish that you could show up on time, ready to work, or that the director should hire someone else. Then everyone, including the director, could get down to producing something worthwhile.

• Shut up. If you're not the director, don't direct. Don't suggest dialogue, unless you're the writer. If, as an actor, you find that you will be uncomfortable saying a particular line, do tell the director. They want you to be comfortable, as it will give a better performance. But don't confuse that with imagining that you are the writer, or the director. Learn your lines, and wait for your cue.

Doing a shoot always takes a lot more time than most people imagine. There are many things that the director is dealing with, the lighting, the angles, the list goes on and on. The last thing the director wants is to have someone who needs *baby-sitting*. Be patient, and be a pro.

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