How to behave like a pro around a director
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.
Posted by Brad Hall