Whether you are pursuing modeling, acting, or pretty much any field in the entertainment business, you will learn this lesson early; hurry up and wait. This is mainly due in part to producers and directors wanting everyone ready to go on a dime, even when they are only needed for a small role. Extras and non-principal roles get it the worst. They can spend an entire day (sometimes days or even weeks) on set and only be requested a small number of times. This means a whole-lot of sitting, standing, reading, sleeping, talking, waiting, waiting, and more waiting. So if you are just getting into acting, modeling, or any other entertainment business, get ready to wait a lot!
When it comes to waiting, acting may be the worst. As stated above, producers and directors want Everyone to be ready to go on a dime, even when they are only needed for small durations. Extras and non-principal roles get it the worst. They can spend entire days (sometimes even weeks) on set and only be requested a small number of times. As long as you know this going in, you can better manage your time. Bring something to read or work on. You can still be productive, as many of us lead very busy lives and can hardly stand an entire day of non-productivity, while hanging around waiting to be called to the set.
Modeling has it’s fair share of waiting as well, though it is typically not as bad as acting. There are generally fewer people on the set of a model shoot than on a television/movie production. More people means more opinions; this equals too many chiefs and not enough Indians. The same rules apply to modeling nevertheless, you can find yourself waiting and waiting for all kinds of reasons (i.e. models running late, unsatisfied or struggling photographers, unhappy clients or producers). As with acting, if you’d like, go ahead and bring something to read or do to make up for this downtime.
Just a side not, this applies to castings and auditions as well (as I said, all aspects of entertainment). You may find yourself at a casting with fifty other people. Get what this means!….. Go ahead, sign in, smile at a few others, and THEN SIT YOUR ______ DOWN AND WAIT FOR A WHILE!
Waiting doesn’t have to be downtime if you know it’s coming. Just come prepared and stay alert so you are ready to go. In your first few jobs, this downtime may not be so rough as you watch and learn. But as the jobs role in and you become more established, you will find ways to manage your time so all this waiting doesn’t wear you down. The moral of this blog is to make everyone aware that waiting is a major part of modeling/acting. This can be due to many reasons. There are a lot of people involved in a big shoot and most of them are not concerned with your time. They feel they have paid you to do a job and be present, that is all you are expected to do. So understand this going in and prepare accordingly. This way you will not be bothered or discouraged by the waiting that inevitably is in store for you.