Knowing my place

March 5th, 2012 ~ 9:49 pm

I often catch myself making lighting and camera suggestions when they are trying to figure out how to make a shot work right.  I have this instinct to be helpful, but that’s not a good habit to form since some people don’t like actors trying to step on their toes.  It’s tough for me because I feel like we are a team, but I have to remind myself that I’m not in charge and they should figure it out on their own.  But then sometimes it just seems faster to point out what I can see from where I’m sitting.

I should try not to though unless I know the crew won’t be bothered by me.

This was not triggered by anything, I just noticed it’s something I was doing and realized maybe I shouldn’t. No one said anything to me about it, I just try to be self-aware.

3 Responses to “Knowing my place”

  1. Daniel says:

    You’re hilarious. 😉

  2. Daniel says:

    You are hilarious. 😉

  3. Tenaya says:

    Hi Laurel!

    I was just thinking about this the other day. We were working on a forced-time project and there were way too many “chefs in the kitchen.” I found myself chiming in naturally, and only later realized that although I was trying to be helpful, I may not have been.

    The trick may be to know who you’re working with/for and when it is your place vs. when it isn’t. As Khodea pointed out, some people WANT the suggestions – and some don’t.

    Thank you for reminding me to be more aware, too!

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