AFTT How not to be a Diva, etiquette tips for actors

29 Apr 2016

How NOT to be a diva; an essential etiquette guide for actors

We’ve put together some key etiquette tips to stop you from being a Diva and to keep you on track to be a much liked and much requested actor or actress working successfully in the industry. 

So you want to make it big as an actor or actress? You may have been professionally trained and are now working towards your dream of being a star and working full time in the industry. When working on a film or TV set or even on stage however, you must remember that other people are also working hard too.


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The acting and musical theatre industries are small. We build relationships around fellow artists that share our ideas of professionalism and commitment. The best way to ensure you have a sustainable career is to be good enough, professional enough and pleasant enough to have someone want to work with you twice! Nail that and you are on your way to a bright future

Everyone’s important

I know that us actors are the ones who put ourselves out there on stage or on film but everyone who works on a play or film play their integral part in the overall project. An assistant stage manager is the one who makes sure your props are clearly set ready for you to bring on stage – the cinematographer is the one who brings your work to life on the film frame. Respect goes a long way – so remember that everyone plays their part and the best works always comes from the best ensemble of artists, technicians and experts in their field.

Be Nice!

A career in theatre and film is a team activity! So as well as being at the top of your game – have the humility and respect for others to be nice! It goes a long way in creating an environment of cooperation and the end product will always be better by doing that.

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If the call time for the film is 7am – be ready to go at 6.30! Look around the set and everyone you see is being paid to deliver the project. 10 minutes spent waiting for an actor to arrive on set could cost thousands. Respect the industry that you want to respect you. Everyone’s time is valuable.

Just one more take?

When to call cut is the Directors prerogative. They will know when they have got what they are after, so let them make that call. As the actor you need to take care of your performance stamina – know when you can hold back a little, like in some wider establishing shots, but once the camera gets up close and personal, be ready to do your job. Give the director the best you can give.

So remember, be nice and work hard!

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