Dos and Don’ts of Casting | Ken Lazer CSA
As a casting director who knows his craft, Ken Lazer CSA has more to share about a film than the casting process. The experience that comes with over 28 years in the industry cannot be limited to only the pre-production processes. If you’re an aspiring actor, you’ll want to pay close attention as you might just find what will save your job in a not-so-distant future. In this post, we’ll be discussing major things you need to know during your acting career and what you should (or shouldn’t do) to keep the career a long and successful one. If you’re curious, then you’ve passed the first step. Let’s get to it!
Understand the hierarchy on set
As much as it may seem like everyone on set are best of friends, it’ll do you good to never forget that it’s a place of work and familiarization should have its limits – at least in the earlier stages. You want to keep your bosses pleased with you and not thinking you’re an opportunist. You want to show them that you’re there to work and to give it your best. You don’t want to go food fighting for the last slice of pizza on the table, especially if it’s someone higher up in the hierarchy placements that’s set eyes on it too. Let the people in charge remember that they’re in charge, don’t be a distraction, or soon, you’ll be out of it. Conversely, being on set is an effective way of showing your bosses that you have what it takes, and ultimately set yourself for the next big project.
Pay attention to the Director
The director is one person to have in your corner if you want a smooth ride. There are stories of actors giving directors tough times but that doesn’t mean they end well for the actors. It slows production down in general and if you’re not renowned, best believe that the Director is more likely to gain the support of other members of the production team. All components on set must trust one another, with that extending to a relationship of trust between actors and the Director. The Director should have the final say. Only the director’s “cut!” should stop you from acting, unless it’s a case of emergency. And if someone who isn’t authorized to call commanding actions do so, well, that’s not for you to worry about.
Be punctual on set
Leave good impressions as many times as possible. It’s not uncommon to hear praises of people who arrive first and leave last, because it’s a remarkable trait. You don’t want to be the reason that actions are halted. As understanding as any team could be, it’ll be inconvenient to have you come at a time that makes everybody else look jobless. You have to arrive on time and unless it’s an emergency, don’t even bother giving excuses should you arrive late. Own up to your faults and make sure they don’t repeat. The single attribute or being on-time puts you in the good books of members of the team. So should one day you need people to vouch for you, there’s no shortage of them and trust me when I say, such a day will come.
Be mindful of on-set equipment
Being present on the set doesn’t give you access to everything. With a grid of expensive tools on set, you want to keep your hands to yourselves. Operators in charge of these tools want only their hands on them. And it makes sense, many tools used in creating a film need to be fixed in a single position for hours, and sometimes days. This is because the action has to resume from that exact angle for continuity. These tools usually have “Hot Set” signs around them. Don’t touch them, especially. Everyone has their role to play; know yours and stay within the limits.
Keep work as work. Never get distracted from the story that’s to be told. Embody your character even when you’re not in action. These are traits you find only in the best of the best, and that’s no coincidence. The above list will help you to have as best an experience on set as you possibly could. Soon, there’ll be a post around on set etiquette. Make sure to check that too; it prepares you for the ever-changing world of acting.