How to Stay "COOL" on set
Film/TV industry is at the forefront of the equality movement and with so many different people with different backgrounds coming in together to create magic, feelings can get hurt and things might get said, that is why it is more important today than ever before to keep a cool head, stay professional and make sure that everyone gets along.
An average filming crew today consists of:
Below the Line:
- DP [Director of Photography]
- AC [Assistant camera]
- Sound Mixer
- Gaffer [person that does the lighting]
- Grip [strongest person on set that usually carries and sets stuff up]
- MUA [makeup artist]
- PA [production assistant - starting role in the industry]
Above the line:
- Talent [Actors / Extras]
... so it's a lot to handle but the biggest rule is to just stay cool. Anyone knows you might have a bad day and that will be forgiven, but people don't tend to forget bad attitude, that is just the worst.
At the end of the day, even if you are having a bad day, that's just that, it's just not your day and tomorrow will be different. So we always go into the day with great attitude and even if things don't tend to work out the way we ideally wanted them to, it's ok.
Everyone makes mistakes, it is important to realize that and accept that. It's actually how you handle things that makes a difference.
We had times when the camera would shut off right at the beginning of the interview and we had to handle that situation on the spot, professionally and stay cool and calm and find a quick fix.
People want to work with people who are easy going, fun, adventurous, cool to be around and who know what they are doing. So next time something happens, just stay calm and find a quick solution. Most important is to enjoy the process and have fun.