you’ve ever followed the work of theater
directors, you may notice that they often work with many of the
same actors repeatedly. Whether you’re an actor, dancer, singer or
model, it’s important to remember that cultivating relationships
with decision makers in the entertainment
industry is paramount to career longevity. If a successful
director takes a liking to you, that could mean steady work for you
for years to come.
do you make an impression on a director to help solidify your
position and success in the industry? Here are a few tips:
to memorize your lines before your first rehearsal. There’s no
better way to blow a director away than by showing him or her that
you’ve come prepared and ready to work.
be on time (and preferably early.) I know I always stress this and
you probably think I sound like a broken record, but in the
entertainment industry time is money and there’s no such thing as
being fashionably late.
to rehearsal prepared to take notes. You can use a pencil to mark up
your script or bring an extra notebook. Sometimes it’s difficult
to remember all of the notes that the director will give, or changes
in blocking, so make sure you write them down. And be sure to review
these notes often so that they sink in.
courteous of the staff and crew during rehearsal. Unnecessary
chatter can be frustrating and distracting to others in the theater,
so when you’re not rehearsing one of your scenes, stay focused so
you’ll be ready to tackle your scene when it’s your turn.
the last rules of thumb is to always take great care of your costume
and your props. Most costume directors will require that you leave
your costume at the theater, however sometimes actors become
absent-minded and may take a costume or prop home with them
accidentally. I once had a friend who not only took a part of his
costume home (a Starbucks apron) but also promptly lost it. He spent
the next day driving to various Starbucks locations trying to buy an
apron from one of the baristas. While it may sound like a funny
story now – trust me – it was no laughing matter.
ready to use these tips to impress theater directors and ensure a
long-lasting, and successful career on the stage? Visit
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