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Archive for January, 2011

Lucky Enough To Go On Set? Follow “Set Etiquette”!

–thanks to Katie Douthit, Make-up artist and teacher  in New Mexico, for the following tips-

As a fledgling make up person, I get my experience from working freebies on small efforts. Even there you can see the magic coming together. The tone is often informal, with friends and neighbors roaming around and watching. When I took make-up classes with Katie Douthit, she emphasized that in order to be part of the magic of professional filming, you needed to know how to behave on set, to know what could kill your chances. Below are some of the tips from Katie.

The movie world is a very competitive world with lots of people lined up to get their foot in the door. Developing people in their jobs is  not part of the culture. The least little thing can get you fired, without knowing what you did wrong.  To get your foot in the door, when they say jump, you say “how high”.  Never argue. Never get in a huff that something they want isn’t your job or they didn’t give you enough notice.

Nimoy "becoming" Spock

According to the union contract, you must be given 8 hours notice before a job, but the reality is that if you stick to that you won’t get the job.  If anything happens to the person scheduled for work, there is a list of other people anxious to take their place. Whoever answers “yes!” first, gets the job. That’s why it’s important to have a cell phone at all times, preferably one with email- the way most prefer to be contacted.  It’s also very important when you get a call, to acknowledge it ASAP. Never assume the caller will know you got the message.
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