The entertainment industry is huge and exciting. The world of movies, dramas, soaps and talk shows is a glamorous place to be. But what actually happens behind the scenes? What happens when you are actually on set filming? Well, it just so happens that I have been there and am here now to give you an insight into the world behind the cameras.
To begin, even making it onto an actual set to start with comes with many steps and stages. The first is the audition. Most auditions are secured by either having an agency/manager arrange for you, but some roles are made available to everyone in the form of open call auditions. Open call auditions mean you do not have to make appointments to submit an audition. There are several ways to find out about an open call, nowadays though this is mostly done through social media. Several management agencies or production companies will often post stories or call out through social media platforms for somebody suited to the role. This is when you reach out to them and get ready for that all important audition.
The other way to find an audition is through an agency or manager, but how do you even go about getting yourself one of these? One way to do this is through contacts mostly made through some form of acting course. This is the way I found my manager. The course I took included lots of mock auditions, formal training and memorizing techniques. After I secured a position on the course and started to make a positive impression, I was introduced to an acting coach that would guide me and give me some sense of direction in the often directionless world of acting.
Several weeks later we flew to Orlando in the hope of securing some auditions and to work on some monologues and more complete scenes. I would audition and after that wait until I (hopefully) received a callback. After receiving the callback we went to meet our prospective agency in a boardroom along with many other actors. They had been impressed and that is how I landed a spot with my agency.
There is no doubt that the majority of people on any set enjoy their time there, not only is it great fun, but is also great experience. After several rejections and auditions, I finally started to land more and more acting jobs. My first ever job was for the promotion of the Apple summer camp. For this we had the chance to experiment with robots and their devices. After a few days, or even weeks the campaign was out for the public to see.
But what goes on behind the scenes themselves? What is life like on set? Well, once you get to the set, you would regularly get hair or makeup done first. This could take 15 minutes up to a few hours on its own. After that the crew gets you changed and ready to film. What you are filming really puts an impact on the time it takes to get every shot. It could take about 2 days to film (with breaks). The longest shoot I have ever been on was a 21 hour shoot. It gets very tiring being in the same location all day, but as long as you have fun, it doesn’t really affect you. At the end of a long filming day, hearing the words ‘It’s a wrap!’ is a lovely source of relief.
That is my experience on set, obviously there are many more things that go on behind some of your favourite TV shows; however, this was a little taste of my experience behind all the commercials, campaigns and shows I have so far had the pleasure to be a part of. I always love my time filming, even though I also love it when it is finished and I can go home.
That’s a wrap!