- First and most importantly - show up and be on time ! As Woody Allen says, 80% of success is just showing up.
- The AD (assistant director) or PA (production assistant) will tell you where to go. Stay where they tell you - the last thing you want is for you be wandering around when they are ready to shoot. If you have to use a bathroom, make sure the AD or PA knows where you are at all times. Basically just listen to what they tell you.
- Do not disturb the other actors or the shoot by talking too loudly or making some type of commotion. As we mentioned, definitely network yourself but do it respectfully.
- It is not a good idea to annoy the other actors by asking for photographs or autographs. They may seem open to it but it will be a mark against you. If you start taking pictures, you could be asked to leave. Many movie sets are confidential so be aware of this and act accordingly.
- Be aware of your surroundings. All movie sets or TV productions are different and have a different mood and ambiance. Acclimate yourself to this environment. If you signed a contract, be aware of the clauses and what is required of you (and what is specifically not allowed if spelled out in the contract). Be positive, have fun and be courteous.
- As mentioned, don't look at the camera. This could actually be very difficult so practice that on your own or with a group.
Bring some things to pass the time as you never know how long you will be required to wait for your scene. There is food on the set (and they have to feed you) but it could be limited to what and when you can eat so bring some snacks.
Bring books and magazines to help pass the time. Depending on the policy for that production, you may not be allowed to bring or use your cell phone. Also, bring your passport or 2 forms of ID as it will be required to get paid.
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