- Student Columnist
We all know or have known that one person in our theatre. Late to rehearsal (if they bother to show up at all), doesn't bother to practice at home or catch up on missed material, doesn't warm up with the rest of the cast, the list goes on and on.
Do not, under any circumstances, be that guy.
It doesn't matter how much talent you have, how much your parents help out behind the scenes, or how much money you contribute to your theatre, people will start to lose respect for you, and you will stop getting cast eventually. There's only so much a director or teacher will put up with and your amount of talent will matter very little in comparison to effort, passion, respect, and manners. In fact, I've noticed quite the opposite. Directors are much more willing to take a chance on someone who is highly reliable, respectful and someone who puts in 150% effort but may have a little less pure talent.
Now, I'm not saying 'pretend to be nice so you'll get roles'. I would never say that. Be kind and respectful because that's who you are and who you want to be. Put in the effort because you have passion for what you do and you care about the production and the other people who have invested time in it as well. Be that guy because the world needs more of those people.
If you don't have the passion for theatre to put in the time and effort to get things done and the humility to have respect for everyone else's time, then maybe theatre isn't for you. Almost everyone else in your theatre is putting their everything into their shows and if you can't or won't, then maybe you should reconsider what you're doing or your reasoning for doing it.
If you don't or no longer have that passion, that's okay but please don't make it harder on the people that do.
Don't be that guy.
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