How to be production ready - Tips to make a good impression.

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How To Be Production Ready - Tips To Make A Good Impression.

21st June 2016

Are you going to be performing in a production? A musical? An opera? A recital?

How to be production ready - Tips to make a good impression.

No matter what music genre you are taking part in, good preparation is essential. 

These rules can be applied to virtually all performances.  They will mark you out as a hard worker who is serious about doing a good job.

Just like when you are joining a new company when you have a new job, when you join an arts organisation you want to make a good impression.

When you join, you also want to be aware of organisational norms.  

Just like a regular company, an arts company may have their own unique culture and way of doing things.  

But there are industry norms that are widely accepted.

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Being aware of some of the basics will help you to feel well prepared when rehearsals start. 

This can impress people in your company.  

With using some of this advice it will help you to give the impression of being organised, with a practical mindset and ready for hard work.

Amateur productions are filled with people that are very enthusiastic.   

But after a few weeks of working really hard, this can wane.  

It's the people that have commitment and stamina that will stand out.

There will be people who are super friendly; you will make life-long friends when you take part.

But you will also experience people who are attention-seekers and can be incredibly bitchy.  

Being organised and showing preparedness protects you from these people to some extent.  

They can't accuse you of being flaky, disorganised or disruptive when that blatantly isn't true.

Here is the full transcription

How to be production ready

Hi everyone we're going to talk about 5 things you can bring along to production that will help you and make things easier for you.

Number one: Water.  

You'll need lots of it.  A lot more than what you think you might need. You're going to drink double or triple what you'd normally drink because of their high of exertion that you're going through.  Some rehearsal venues can be a bit picky about not letting any liquids into the rehearsal room and so just make yourself aware of that. But if that is the case make sure you know where you can get water afterwards because you're going to be really thirsty.

Second of all, look into investing in  some character issues. 

Invest maybe 40 or 50 pounds.  For gentleman would be formal shoes that have that kind of hard heel, plain black shoes.  Foor ladies it would be laid plain black court shoes with maybe a half an inch or a one inch heel. They might also have a little bar across the top but that's okay as long as it's a plain design.  

Both types of shoes should completely cover your toes. Stage crews and production crews can be quite strict about making sure that nobody is allowed behind the stage with flip-flops or anything like that. They don't want any exposed toes, it's a health and safety risk. Am. I made a mistake on my last production of coming along with some high heeled shoes onto a graded stage; that's one of the ones where it's high at the back and lower at the front.  It's great for visibility for the audience. Not so great when you're trying to get used to the stage and you're teetering about, it ca be quite difficult.  I went online and I bought some shoes online and had them posted to me.  What difference!  It was really worth it. 

The next thing is to think about it get some kirby grips. 

When you get to the dressing room stage, when you're sharing a dressing room, kirby grips are like gold dust.  Make sure you have dozens of these.  The amount of kirby grips I had in my last production was 29 Kirby grips in my hair at one time. You're gonna use heaps of them.  Spending £3-4 of kirbies will be really worth it.

Get proper stage makeup.  

Also, another thing to invest in:  this is in the range of £40 - 50 again.   It gives you a relief in a way, don't have to worry if the make-up matches your skin tones or not. Match the make-up with your skin tone, so then you don't have to think 'Am I too pale?' 'Am I too Orange?' You can keep things calm; it's going to work. It takes the worries off your mind a little bit.

Get a pencil case, fill it up with stationery. 

Pencils are really really important.  If there's one thing I think marks you out as having an amateur attitude or a professional attitude it's pencils.   Making sure that you have some with you; even spare ones so you can help our your friends if they've forgotten. It shows that you're ready, you're there, and you're willing to work. Also get some sticky tabs/post-its so you can put them on the side of your scores.  This will make it easier for you to find your entries.