Tips for Brand New Actors

I am a Script Supervisor and Actor. I am not an acting coach, but I wish I had these tips when I first started as an actor. After watching many new actors this weekend I decided I should share.

Here are a few tips…

Do not look at the camera. It’s hard to do in the beginning, but you’ll get the hang of it.

Do not call cut. That is the director’s job. The director calls the shots. And do not try to explain what the director is telling other actors. Do not tell the rest of the crew how to do their jobs either.

Do not sit in crew chairs or crowd the village. The director, script supervisor, producer, and many other crew member must be in there and must be able to concentrate on their jobs.

Do not take photos or videos on set and post them online. Many productions warn that you may be fired or even sued for doing this. You cannot give spoilers!

Listen to the wardrobe rules, usually no logos! So bring what the wardrobe department asks you to bring. And bring a pair of comfortable flats or slides for walking to set or in between shots. Who wants to wear high heels for 15 hours?!?!? Bring a comfy hoodie during cold months while waiting to go to set. And bring hand warmers and adhesive body warmers to put inside your coat for exterior scenes during winter.

Be on time and ready to work. Do not disappear right before you are needed on set. And expect to be there ALL day, even 15 hours if necessary. Filming often takes longer than expected.

Be prepared. KNOW your lines and your body language. Do not show up to set after having a script for three months without knowing what to expect or your lines! And do not try to change lines or improv if you have been given a script.

There is often plenty of time during camera changes. bring something to read to keep yourself occupied during down-time.

Bring water and a snack. You never know when you are going to eat, especially if you are non-union. It’s worth carrying the extra weight in your bag!

Bring toiletries that you may need. With wardrobe changes you will need to refresh the deodorant. And maybe some mints!

Again, I am not an acting coach. This is just a list that I wish I read when I first started, especially the one about shoes. I see alot watching a monitor all day long as a script supervisor. I hear the director and see the actor’s behavior all the time. I figured those just starting may appreciate a few tips.

Listen to all of Karen’s quick podcasts here, https://karengoeller.wordpress.com/karen-goeller-podcasts/

Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
%d bloggers like this: