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This is the last installment of five essentials to performing “your Barbizon best” in commercials or other acting roles: The essentials are #1~ Wardrobe, #2~ Memorization, #3~ Shooting Day, #4~ The Shoot Begins! #5~ Working on the Set.

#5~ WORKING ON THE SET:

1.  Be nice to everybody!  Work hard, be friendly and respectful.

2.  Try to learn what each of the crew members do.

3.  Remember the one in charge is the Director.  Any questions you have about staging or delivery should be aimed at the Director.  This is an unspoken rule on the set so that the actor will not get conflicting information.

4.  Be prepared: Some Directors are very nice.  Some are not.

This concludes our segment on Commercials.  Until next week, check out what Barbizon has to offer in their Acting Classes .

Over the next several blog postings, we will be going over the five essentials to performing “your Barbizon best” in commercials or other acting roles: The essentials are #1~ Wardrobe, #2~ Memorization, #3~ Shooting Day, #4~ The Shoot Begins! #5~ Working on the Set.

#4~ THE SHOOT BEGINS! :

1. Set yourself up for the first piece of business you’re going to do and focus in on those lines. Do it just like you did during rehearsal.

2. The assistant director will usually ask for quiet, then tell the sound person to roll sound, and tell the camera person to roll camera or “roll tape” who will response with “camera’s rolling” or “speed.” At this point, the slate will be put in front of the camera and usually clicked to make sure sound and video are synchronized later on. The director may then ask for “quiet on the set” and then “action.”

3. At that point, you should wait a split second (called a “beat”) so your dialogue won’t overlap with the director’s “action,” then start.

Next week #5: Working on the Set. In the meantime, check out what Barbizon has to offer in their Acting Classes .

Over the next several blog postings, we will be going over the five essentials to performing “your Barbizon best” in commercials or other acting roles: The essentials are #1~ Wardrobe, #2~ Memorization, #3~ Shooting Day, #4~ The Shoot Begins! #5~ Working on the Set.

#3~ SHOOTING DAY:

1. Get the best night’s sleep possible.

2. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to the shoot so you don’t get frazzled because of a traffic jam. There are no excuses for being late.

3. Make sure you have everything you need for the day. You’ll need whatever wardrobe you’re been asked to bring, and your script.

4. Eat a good breakfast before leaving. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Next week #4: The Shoot Begins! In the meantime, check out what Barbizon has to offer in their Acting Classes .

Over the next several blog postings, we will be going over the five essentials to performing “your Barbizon best” in commercials or other acting roles: The essentials are #1~ Wardrobe, #2~ Memorization, #3~ Shooting Day, #4~ The Shoot Begins! #5~ Working on the Set.

#2~MEMORIZATION:

1. Don’t make the mistake of not memorizing your part. When you show up on the set, know the script from start to finish - forward, backward, and sideways.

2. Know your lines really well because there are a lot of people on a TV commercial set and with all the distractions, your lines can be easy to forget.

3. An actor has a certain confidence when he or she knows that the lines are memorized letter-perfect. You’ll be better prepared to handle detailed blocking and complicated moves as well as end-of-the-day fatigue.

4. If there are any last minute script changes (and many times there are), you’ll be able to handle them if you’re confident that you know your words. If you harbor the slightest doubt that the copy isn’t etched in stone in your mind, those changes are going to throw you.

Next week #3: Shooting Day. In the meantime, check out what Barbizon has to offer in their Acting Classes .

Over the next several blog postings, we will be going over the five essentials to performing “your Barbizon best” in commercials or other acting roles: The essentials are #1~ Wardrobe, #2~ Memorization, #3~ Shooting Day, #4~ The Shoot Begins! #5~ Working on the Set.

#1~WARDROBE:

1. Wardrobe is usually provided so you may be called in for a fitting. Normally, though, the person in charge of wardrobe will have been given your sizes by your agency and there will be several outfits there to be chosen from.

2. Be as helpful as possible by bringing in anything you think they might need to complete your look.

3. Don’t be offended if the clothes they select are terrible. Their taste, or lack of it, may be quite different from yours.

Next week #2: Memorization. In the meantime, check out what Barbizon has to offer in their Acting Classes .