So You Want To Work With Me #7: Take The Work Seriously
Maybe you discovered me via my website, or my Flickr feed. Maybe you ran across my name in a SL group, or just stumbled across my SL profile. What’s important is that you — a photographer or producer — found me, and now you’re interested in using me as talent in your art.
Let me say at the outset that I’m incredibly flattered by your interest and I do not take it for granted. Before you reach out to me, though, I want to give you a few tips, in the form of this series of short posts, to help ensure that our relationship not only gets off on the right foot, but remains positive and constructive through the completion of your project (and, hopefully, beyond). I want to work with you and help you be successful, and I make these suggestions in that spirit.
You've observed all of the tips and suggestions I've made so far, and we've set a date and time for a shoot. Now we just have to do it, and the key to that is to take the work seriously.
First, let me know in advance of the shoot how, if at all, I should prepare. Do you want me dressed a certain way? Wearing a certain hairstyle? A certain color lipstick? We can certainly change things up when I get to the set, but the more detail you can give me in advance, the less on-set delay there'll be while I fine-tune my appearance.
Second, try to be punctual. I'm going to make every effort to be on time, so please show me the same courtesy. If you know you're going to be late, or you have to reschedule or cancel, give me as much notice as you can: send me an offline IM, or drop me an email through my website.
Third, give clear on-set instructions. If you want me to move to a certain spot, or use a particular expression animation, or attach wearable lighting tools, let me know, with as much specificity as you can. This is especially important if I'm not the only model or actor on set: say things like, "Arienne, when I say 'action,' stand where you are for a slow three-count, and then turn and walk towards the chair to your right. Stop when you get there, facing [other person], and run the talking animation in your mesh head until I say stop."
Fourth, if you need to temporarily go quiet in order to adjust cameras and lighting, let me know, and then let me know again when you're back. I don't want to inadvertently disturb you.
Fifth, try to stay on-task. On-set banter and fun is natural and welcome and fine, but don't let it become a distraction from the thing that we've actually set aside time for.
Sixth, if things aren't working out the way you want, and you're getting frustrated, say something. I would much rather take a break, or reschedule, than continue to work at something that's upsetting you.
All in all, taking the work seriously doesn't mean being grim and humorless; it just means having respect for yourself, your art, and your talent.