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Over the last year, I have been encouraged with the level of professionalism I have encountered when booking Background Performers. Ideally, you have shown up on-time, were well prepared, found the correct location even in the wee hours of the morning, and surely arrive on-set with a big smile on your face to spend the day amongst peers, strangers, and production crew who aren't always as chipper as you may be.
There were however, a few people who I had to remove from my roster, due to lack of professionalism, and lived to regret ever placing them in the first place. I cannot imagine how the person who referred them to me felt afterwards.The fact that they were let them down as well, saddens me- since they spoke so highly of them to begin with. Hopefully the very very small few people I speak about; will reflect and realize that in life you should never burn your bridges.
If you suspect that this is just a curiosity--steer clear. This business is not for everyone. If it isn't for you, but plod ahead....you might encounter a first, second and maybe third booking and eventually, the novelty wears off and you stop taking the steps necessary to ensure that professionalism is paramount while working on-set under L.A.. Entertainment --you may even not care at all by that point. Let me assure you that there is no room for experimentation on a film set, you cannot go to work, and walk off when you feel to. It is a serious business, that has put a considerable amount of resources in order for that shoot day to even occur. It is usually a unionized environment, and schedules are tight, budget even tighter. If anything or anyone gets in the way or causes a delay in shooting, it can be catastrophic for a business like mine. I believe that a new person always deserves a shot at working for me, but usually it isn't until after a waiting period, when I see their persistence and eager attitude.
So, it even surprises me when I get a call-or am alerted to the fact that someone has become a liability or a risk to the production, myself and my client. I can guarantee that each and every interaction I have with you, will be nothing but professional and straightforward and that my expectations are the same from you. Sadly, when you work with others, despite great references sometimes bad things happen to the best of us. I would not hold that against a referee. I simply, chalk it up to human nature. Working on a movie set is not for everyone. But for those of you who are ever willing to run out last minute when necessary, go the extra mile when needed, refer that special friend who had that special skill, or just simply been there at the right time-I thank you so much for a job well done!
It never escapes me that all of our time is valuable. Your time, spent waiting for your call times, late at night, the Casting Director's time spent rifling through my pictures online, or fielding emails back and forth with me, is priceless. I will always give more, and do more for those willing to deliver nothing but the best, for the best. It is a wonderful business when we are all on the same page, moving towards a higher and much more simpler way of doing things. Your conduct, represents me. Your image and preparedness represents me-but most of all, it is the Casting Director who I cannot thank enough for taking chances when necessary to book some of you new faces as well-since it is her reputation that is always on front-lines and the pressure to deliver the highest caliber Background Performers is ever present.