|On a film set: A child actor with a smile and Namaste|
- Be Grateful
- No Clicking Pictures
- When in Doubt, Ask the AD
- Stay in The Area Assigned To The Kid
- Be Quiet and Respectful
- Maintain Etiquette
- Respect Crew Members and Parents
- Have Fun
Child ActorThey behave on instinct rather than logic. It's good for a performance on the camera. However, they also must learn crucial on-set manners and behave professionally. Well-mannered, professional, and polite behavior will increase your child’s chances of being invited back to work on future projects!
So before you step onto an audition or on a set
1. Be GratefulRemind your child that this is a really special opportunity! Help your child to understand the countless hours of hard work—and the hundreds of people—that it takes to make a TV show or film. Explain to your child that there will be many people on set serving her food, fixing her dresses, and giving her specific instructions. Each of these people is valuable and make it possible for your child to have this job. As such, she should express and experience gratitude with every step!
2. No Clicking PicturesTypically, photos are not allowed on set for legal/non-disclosure reasons. Occasionally, it may be possible to take photos as long as they are not shared on social media, online, or with anyone until the airdate of the TV show, commercial, or film. Still, it’s best to assume that photos are not allowed and to find out what is permissible once you meet the Assistant Director or a production guy.
3. When in Doubt, Ask the ADThe assistant director (AD) will be your child’s main point person throughout his day on set. When in doubt, ask the AD (never the director). Sometimes a second AD, who reports to the first AD, will be assigned to your child. It depends on the size of the project and role. The AD is there to support and look after the actors to make sure they are in the right place at the right time and have everything they need. Having a good relationship with the AD is crucial, so remind your child to be on his best manners.
4. Stay in The Area Assigned To The KidTV and film sets—especially on studio lots, and especially for children’s shows and scenes—there is an appearance of exciting playgrounds. This can all be very tempting, but it is really important that your child stays in her designated waiting area between takes. Of course, if your child needs a snack or needs to use the restroom, that is totally fine. Just remember to check in with the AD before leaving your assigned area.
5. Shhh.....Be Quiet and Respectful
- This one may sound obvious or seem simple, but film sets are very stimulating places, and child actors (and even adult actors, for that matter) can be quite excitable and chatty. If your child is not acting in a scene, it is so important that he remain silent on set when the camera is rolling.
- One small noise in the distant background can mean that the director will have to re-shoot an entire scene.
- However, depending on where your child’s designated area is located, he may be able to chat with the other actors. The AD should make any noise-related rules quite clear, but when in doubt, you can just ask!
- Cover Your belongings and wait; Crew Eats First!
- Before breaking for lunch, your child should check what to do with the dress he is wearing to make sure that he is allowed to keep it on during lunch. Always bring a nice-sized robe to cover your child’s outfit while he is eating (and of course, it doesn’t hurt to remind her of proper table manners!).
- Also, on professional sets, the crew always eats first because they have to get back to work first. The AD will most likely tell your child when it is time to eat, but it is always great to have patience. If there seems to undue delay, ask AD.
7. Respect Crew Members and Parents
- Children should be on their best behavior around the crew and cast members.
- Also, we know that sometimes kids can take out their frustrations on the people around whom they are most comfortable: their parents! It is so important that children respect their parents on set—not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because people are always watching.
The most important thing is that your child enjoys the experience of acting on a professional set. Be sure that you and your child celebrate this exciting opportunity!