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On-Set Manners Help Child Actors

Parents of child actors look for ways to help their child actors succeed.  Parents can help their young actors get called back for auditions and jobs by having and demonstrating good on set manners.  Parents on set manners help child actors fit in, feel comfortable, and network as professionals.  Actors who are easy to work with get called back for more work.  Watch this video lesson and learn how parents on set manners is good business and leads to child actors’ success:

 

The spontaneous, outgoing, creative qualities that make child actors wonderful performers are also the traits that can make patience and manners on set a challenge.  For parents, it all comes down to being an example and an advocate for your child actor. If you are relaxed and calm, you little talent is more likely to also feel relaxed and calm.

Keeping yourself calm and ever the good example starts with being prepared for set and knowing what to expect. It’s likely you’ve been sequestered from your child actor before, briefly, during the audition process for this latest shoot. Prepare your children by letting them know where you will be and what you’ll be doing so your talented star is not startled or distracted by your absence.

Children are still developing their judgment. Set a good example by using yours to properly direct your child’s questions to the right person. Be direct and brief when you need to ask a question of any crew member. A working set can be 10 people or 40 people, all trying to communicate with each other so the work progresses smoothly. The best people likely to have accurate information for you are the Studio Teacher and the AD (assistant director).

Why wait to be on set to practice these skills?  Patience and self-control are skills you can practice with your child now in your every day life.  Children thrive when they know what to expect and what is expected of them.  Acting classes for kids or an acting school will certainly help with both.

Most importantly, do your best to relax and enjoy these amazing experiences. If you’re relaxed, your child will pick up on it. Their calm confidence will come through in their performance and in their on set manners. Directors remember actors who were easy to work with, and they look for ways to work with those actors again. So stay positive, relax, and enjoy!

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

You need to be on the set parents until your child is 16 years old. So whether it be a movie or a television or an industrial, you will be on the set. And there are certain rules and manners that I want to make sure that you’re aware of.

First of all, good manners are going to speak volumes of who you are. And that means they’re going to be looking at you and your child and how well mannered.

There’s always that stories about the crazy showbiz parents and mom and how they’re yapping about this and yapping about that. You do want to network you do want to meet people, you do want to find out about what’s going on with everybody else, but no gossip.

No gossip.

Don’t stay anything negative about anything that’s going on on the set. Don’t even say you didn’t like the chocolate pudding. Okay? Because that’s negative and it’ll get back to the director, and before you know it your son doesn’t get or daughter doesn’t get asked back to be on the next movie, and the director might very well be directing the next blockbuster, and they are going to choose another actor, maybe, parents, maybe because of the way you behaved on the set.

You will be sequestered. What does that mean? That means that you will be asked to go into another area away from the eyes of your child so that your child cannot see you because directors know children, minors, do much better without their moms going, “smile!” And they love you so much, parents, that children do do better without you watching them. So you’ll be sequestered, you’ll be in a room, and union rules are that you must see your child at all times, so there will be a monitor there for you so you don’t have to worry.

Parents, you need to listen and you need to be able to take directions, and then your child may have a lot of questions. So parents, you want to be an advocate for your child, and you want to get those questions answered, but make sure you understand what your child is asking, like “Mom, when do we go to lunch?” or “Mom, can’t I take these clothes off now?” “Mom, mom, mom!???” And then you can go to the assistant director or to whoever that you’re working with, whoever’s close by, could be the studio teacher, and you can ask those pointed questions.

The idea is not to draw any negative attention to yourself on the set, parents. So, good manners are going to speak volumes. You want to listen. You will be sequestered. And you will have a good attitude because this is an honor to be there. This is a privilege. You know how many children across the united states would love to be in your child’s position. And look, you get to be on a set. They feed you well. They treat you nicely. So treat them nicely back, and you’ll do fine.

I’m Ms. Mae, and come back and see me again.

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