Representing Professional Actors and Print Talent in the Southeast

Set Protocol

Set Protocol
    • Bring extra headshot/resumes with you. You never know when you are going to need to give someone a headshot.
    • Friends and family cannot go to set with an adult actor. Children under 18 years old need to have one and only one adult parent or guardian with them on set.  Other siblings are not welcome.
    • Always have Coastal Talent’s phone number and address with you.
    • When you fill out your forms on set, always indicate that checks come to Coastal Talent, not to you.
    • At the end of a shoot, don’t leave set without signing all your paperwork and signing out. Signing out is how you are guaranteed payment.
    • It is your responsibility to get all the information you need to update your resume while on set.
    • Make sure you have the correct spelling of the following: title of project, your role, director’s name, production company, etc.
    • If you want a copy of the shoot (for commercials and industrials, not always on a film set) ask to have a video link emailed to you or your agent.
    • If you want a copy of a print job, ask to have a JPGs emailed to you or your agent.
    • If it is a catalogue shoot, ask to have the catalogue sent to you as well.
    • Forward copies to Coastal Talent for us to use in promoting you.
On Set Tips
  • Always learn your lines cold. If you don’t get a final script until the last minute or there are re-writes on the set, do whatever you can to have your lines COLD.
  • Always have a good attitude on the set — be courteous and flexible, don’t ever argue with a director. The director is in charge, no one else.
  • Always be thinking about what your character should be thinking about. Always be feeling what your character should be feeling. The camera can always tell what’s going on in your eyes. Make the camera your friend, relax and be glad the camera is there.
  • If possible, unless told to do otherwise, connect with the eyes of the person or people you are relating to in the scene and stay focused on them, “feed” off what they might be giving you. It keeps the relationship alive and urgent.
  • There is a frame that you’re working in. Unless asked specifically for large movements, keep your movements clean, economical and to a minimum.
  • You will be required to repeat shots and will perhaps do a number of takes. The editor will need to match all your movements from shot to shot. If the editor can’t match your different takes, the director will take the shot of a different actor and keep your shots to a minimum.
  • Film and video are very technical and you need to respect and embrace these realities, just don’t lose your passion and relationships with the other characters.
  • Whenever you can, watch other actors doing their scenes and learn whatever you can. Especially helpful is learning from the mistakes of others.
  • There’s always a huge amount of activity around you when you are shooting your scenes, hair adjustments, make-up adjustments, director’s notes, lighting changes, YOU MUST stay focused on the relationship in the scene, what you’re feeling and thinking.
Enjoy the experience!