Whom are we starlets really out to impress? Most often, we go to auditions, trying to impress the casting guy or the director with our personality, perfume or acting prowess. I think we may just have the formula wrong!
What we don’t realise is that the ones calling the shots eventually aren’t even the directors, but the clients themselves. I’ve cracked that code, and so, I leave no stone unturned in impressing the brand managers or the clients. Sometimes, something as silly as
wearing the colours of a brand have got me an ad! I went with the same hope this week, in a bright orange dress for a Raju Hirani-directed ad for Mirindaaaaa! Lets hope the formula works its magic this time too.
Never bite the hand that feeds you
As actors, our display of creativity is sometimes limited to our audition. Once we are on the shoot, we are actually the least important beings around, and have no say on what we are made to wear, do or enact. The stylist at one shoot snapped at me for expressing my preference of clothing that I thought suited me better. Now, I’ve learnt to just shut up and put up with the demands of the big bosses, and trust that the final product will turn out well.
But I do believe that while
Creativity is limited, an actor doesn’t need to be a star to have to be heard. Often, people don’t understand that an upcoming actor too wants to portray their best image when they have that one shot at it, and that they might know what works best for them in terms of makeup or styling. Creativity can improve if the director and actor work in sync, and also keep the client happy. It’s just about finding the right degree of compromise.
That degree of mouldability as an actor is what makes newbies a director’s delight. Stardom eventually inflates the ego, making us rigid to changes that a director or stylist wants, as opposed to our own views, given that we can now call the shots. It’s about finding the right amount of flexibility — being receptive, but not swayed into doing what goes against one’s beliefs.
Clients can be extremely finicky people, especially at shoots, given that they have a very specific concept in their minds. From the length of your skirt to the right tint of lip colour, they make sure they have a say in everything. While posing for the camera at a still shoot recently, I could see the guy from the hair colour company squinting and whispering something in the photographer’s ear. He had a problem with me smiling! The ad was for a bridal package, but he insisted I give “attitude” shots as models showing teeth were against their brand policy. Thankfully, I don’t have to be ‘Bridezilla’ and can smile at my own wedding, not having to show “attitude” as I walk down the aisle.
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