3 Reasons Why You Should Be Positive On Set

I remember my first times being on set — I was so excited and eager to work. No task was too big or too small because I was just glad to be a part of the production process. Now I’m the lead Director of Photography at the Center For Creative Media. I am always refreshed when I get to work with someone who is excited, loves what they are doing, and strives to do their best. Positive people push and inspire me to do my job the better, especially since, although I still love it, the newness of being in production has worn off for me. It’s my goal to be positive each time I’m on set, and here’s why you should be, too.

I always try to be the positive influence. The way you react to problems can greatly affect the entire set.

1. It affects the people around you.

As people, we feed off each other’s energy.  Whether you like it or not, you are affecting the people around you — no matter how insignificant it may seem. I always try to be the positive influence. The way you react to problems can greatly affect the entire set. I remember one specific time on set where I had put a black fabric flag to close to our 2K. An actor called out to me, extremely worried, “your flag is smoking!” I quickly, but calmly, walked over to the flag and moved it to a safe distance away from the light. If I had freaked out, all the actors would have joined in the frenzy and that could have ruined their entire train of thought.

2. It affects your performance.

I don’t know about you, but if I’m excited about something I’ll work much harder than if I’m not that interested. We’ve probably all heard the idea that the better you dress, the better you work, and it’s is the same with your attitude. The more positive your outlook is on set, the better you will perform. The moment I become tired or disinterested in the work I’m doing is the moment my shots become bland and emotionless.

3. It may be the reason you get hired again.

If you talk to just about anyone who works in the industry, you will soon find they love working with a positive team. They want someone who is willing to push their work to its absolute best. People won’t want to hire you again if all they remember is how negative and unwilling you were to work hard or step out of your own expectations. Simply put, if people enjoy working with you, the odds are they will want to do it again.  

Video production school attendee Evan!Nick is a 23-year-old cinematography apprentice from California. It Doesn’t matter the circumstances Nick always has a smile on his face, and his laugh can be heard from miles away. He loves God, people, and telling exciting and adventurous stories.

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