Different Roles and Staff on Set

Different Roles and Staff on Set

Filming anything, even something as simple as a commercial, is a huge undertaking requiring the expertise of a lot of people. Here’s who you’ll see on set.


The director is the person in charge on set. They manage everyone, including the talent, throughout the entire process.

Assistant Director

This role is more of an assistant to the director rather than a director in any capacity. They handle schedules, queue up actors for scenes, and otherwise make sure the day-to-day operations run smoothly.


They handle all lighting choices and, like a good caddy to a golfer, makes suggestions as to what camera to use or which lens to try.

Camera Operator

If the set is pretty small, the cinematographer will handle the camera, but otherwise, there’s a dedicated operator who can help filming progress quickly and smoothly.

Camera Assistant

Like the Assistant Director, the Camera Assistant is there to ensure everything related to filming is flowing smoothly. They prep lenses, mount media cards, and procure everything the Camera Operator will need in future shots.

Digital Intermediate Technician

Now that filming is digital, this role has exploded in prominence. Their role is to ensure the data captured during filming is successfully loaded to hard drives and backed up. If the data were to be corrupted or lost, there would be no way to get it back.

Boom Operator

You’ll be able to most easily identify this person by the giant microphone they carry around. It’s up to them to bring the microphone as close to the action as possible without it casting shadows or appearing on screen.

Gaffer & Grip

The smaller the set, the more likely this role will be fulfilled by the same person. Gaffing involves shaping the light through color control or diffusion. A grip, on the other hand, builds and rigs all of the lighting accessories.

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At Home Photoshoots

At Home Photoshoots

Now that photography has gone fully digital, even our smartphones are capable of capturing shots that rival those of the professionals. That being said, a picture is only as good as the setup. Here’s what you need to make your at home shoot succeed.


No matter the type of shoot you want, lighting is the single most important thing you’ll need to consider and plan for. Good lighting does two things. First, it matches the type of photo you’re taking. For instance, if you’re aiming for dramatic, don’t go with soft lighting that covers up shadows. Go for bold, dramatic lights that cast stark shadows. Secondly, good lighting compliments your subject by bringing out all of their best features.


Any wall, any sheet, any cupboard can become a background for your photoshoot. Before setting up, though, take test shots to check for a few things. Does the background color compliment the skin tone and clothing of the subject? Is the lighting good? Is there anything distracting that draws attention away from the subject? If everything checks out, have fun! Most minor things can be touched up in post-processing.


The absolute bare minimum you’ll need to have a photoshoot at home is a camera. While you should aim to eventually invest in a good quality professional camera, a smartphone can do the trick in a pinch. Next, invest in a decent lighting set. Regardless of your style and goals, there are plenty of kits available with everything you need to turn your home into a full studio. Finally, make sure you have a good photo editing program. While the camera and lighting alone can produce amazing shots that don’t necessarily need editing, even the best unedited photos can become that much better with a little lift.

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Best Summer Hairstyles

Best Summer Hairstyles

Summer is the season for up-dos. With temperatures soaring, here’s how to look cool even in the most extreme heat.

A Perfect Ponytail

A classic that never goes out of fashion, the ponytail can be dressed up and dressed down completely based on where you’re going and what you’ll be doing. If you’re going out for a quick jog to the store, simply throw it up in a hairband and call it good. If, however, you’re going out for a festive night, take a comb to make sure the hair is flat to the head. For an added level of class, take some hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the hairband to hide the tool. Secure the strand with a bobby pin.

A Beautiful Bun

Buns are a super simple evolution of the ponytail and work great whether you’re going to the beach or celebrating a fancy dinner. Once you have the ponytail you want, use bobby pins to secure the tail to your head by wrapping it around the hairband. Keep everything secure by adding hairspray.

A Messy French

Long celebrated as a classic look for formal events, you can now craft a quick coif regardless of what you’ll be up to. Even so, this is a relatively fragile do, so make sure you’re not wearing it to play beach volleyball. Simply sweep your hair to one side and insert bobby pins vertically along the back of your head. Take the loose hair and twist it upward, securing it with more bobby pins.

A Big Braid

Braided pigtails are a great way to maintain a mane but also come with a simple trick that turns a typical look into a festive summer do. Simply braid each pig tail. Next, take the right one and pin it across the back of your head going left. Now take the left and pin it to the right. You now have a solid and cute coif to keep cool in.

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Overcoming Self-Doubt and Lack of Confidence

Overcoming Self-Doubt and Lack of Confidence

It’s the hottest tip you can get to better your auditions: be confident! But not all of us were born with an innate sense of confidence. Some of us don’t even know what that means. How do you even begin to figure out how to do away with self-doubt and believe in your own abilities?


Self-doubt is nothing more than lacking belief in yourself. You feel inadequate, incompetent, or unacceptable. It’s important to understand this definition because by assigning reason to it, we begin to separate those emotions that lead to this belief, allowing us to start down the path toward confident auditions.


Each day, spend some time writing in a journal. It shouldn’t be anything more than your thoughts about the day or what’s on your mind currently. Write until you feel that your thoughts have been satisfactorily put on the page. Now read over it and pay attention to where your negative thoughts begin to intrude. This helps you separate those negative feelings from the actual truth.


If journaling is the separation, meditation is the managing. Through meditation, you learn to allow negative feelings and thoughts to pass by so that you can then grab on to the positive ideas that make up confidence. Instead of focusing on the one line you could never remember correctly, you now use the knowledge of your hours of rehearsal to drive you to a stunning performance.


Don’t just practice for practice’s sake. That kind of mindless work doesn’t lead to improvement. Instead, each time you practice, learn how to identify what you want to change and how you want to change it. This amount of agency allows for noted improvement that then results in the killer confidence casting directors search for.

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2020 Summer Makeup Trends

2020 Summer Makeup Trends

Now that we know neon is making a big comeback, it’s time to figure out how to match the mayhem with makeup. Here are the hottest trends to try this summer.

Eye-catching Eyeshadow

Now is not the season to play coy with your eyeshadow. Instead, embrace the beauty of wild and bold colors. Yellows, greens, blues, pinks—the rainbow is your palette. The top eyelid proved to be the main choice but there were a few designs that went with both top and bottom.

Luscious Lips

As it’s often recommended, highlight only one aspect of your face. With eyes clearly stealing the spotlight this summer, it’s understandable that lips are taking a backseat but that doesn’t mean they’re boring. Instead of color, the glam is gloss. Clear instead of colored lets your natural hue shine through without being too distracting.

Effortless Easel

If you’ve ever wanted to try for a “less is more” approach to your makeup, this summer is your season. Many runways sported models who seemed almost devoid of makeup, wearing only the bare minimum, including lip gloss and a bit of mascara.

Perfect Pearls

For those seeking a more elegant and bold look, invest in glitter and other small shapes you can position around your eyes. Among the favorites were pearls and stars but classic glitter along the bridge of the nose was also popular. Feel free to go full 90s on your lids when you glitz.

Flying Free

Winged black eyeliner is a mainstay and never so much so as right now. Like the neon colors and glitter glam, go bold with your lines this season. Keep them along the top lid for maximum fashion (though a small line can be used along the bottom so long as it smoothly connects to the top line).

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Hair Color Trends for the Summer

Hair Color Trends for the Summer

Multicolor manes and brunettes rejoice! This summer is the season for mixing and matching your favorite shades in a much more natural way.

The Tweed

Subtle it may be, the tweed style is far from simple. It’s all about creating natural looking complimentary tones to build a fabric of colors into your hair, like tweed. These highlights are evenly distributed and natural hair color is embraced and built upon.

The Dip Dye

If you want crazy color but don’t want to jump to a full head of neon pink, dip dying is the perfect place to start. All it requires is the dying of your tips. Match your makeup with the color you choose for a stunning effect.

The Red Head

It used to be that everyone wanted to be blonde. That trend is now out the window with the push for more redheads. Dark red, light red, it doesn’t matter. As long as it’s a shade that runs from root to tip, it’s in.

The Roots

Maintaining color is a chore but that chore can now be set aside as roots are now being welcome with open arms. In fact, it’s becoming a trend to dye roots a darker color to create a shadow effect. The natural contrast is stark and beautiful.

The Twilighting

The hottest trend this summer, twilighting is what happens when hair stylists are inspired by the golden sky at sunset. It’s a great starter style for those with darker hair that want a natural looking, low maintenance way to spruce up their color.

The Platinum

For blondes, this summer it’s all about pure platinum. There are no highlights and there is no shading. It’s simply pure color that helps draw attention to the jawline and cheekbones.

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Self-Taping and Submitting a Reel from Home

Now that the technology available to the public has caught up to the quality that used to only be accessible through professionals, it’s no surprise that many auditions are moving to self-taped reels. While this gives the artist greater control over what directors see, there are still important things to keep in mind when filming to guarantee the quality matches the talent.

The Camera

Ultimately, the camera doesn’t matter a whole lot so long as it has high definition quality. There are a ton of accessories that can be purchased to make the reel look even more professional, but the only two that really matter are an external microphone and lights. Crisp, clear sound is an absolute must and no phone can capture audio quality that’s good enough. Lights mean better control of the look and feel.

The Shot

The background should be plain and your shirt should be form fitting with no patterns. Make sure the shirt color and the background work well together and that the color is flattering on you. As for laying out the shot, you’ll want what’s known as a tight frame. This means it goes from your chest to just above the top of your head. Also remember to position the camera at eye level. Keep still and allow your face to do the emoting. Too much movement is distracting.

The Delivery

Read the casting call directions. The directors will give you exactly what they’re looking for and what they expect from the reel. As with a live audition, make sure your lines are fully memorized. If it’s a dialogue, hire the help of a friend, preferably another actor, to read lines with. Using another’s energy to film a scene can add a whole new level to your performance that helps you stand out.

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At Home Meditation

At Home Meditation

We all know physical health is important to upkeep but what about the brain? Exercise certainly helps with our mental health but it’s not the key to learning how to keep calm during these trying times. Even without group meditation classes, you can still practice one of the oldest and most successful means of maintaining a calm mind within the walls of your own home.

Find a Space

If you’re new to meditation, it’s imperative you find a space in your home that is calm and quiet. Whether that’s the bathroom or the bedroom, all that matters is that you can settle down for 10 to 15 minutes without interruption. If silence is a challenge, turn on white noise or meditation music to drown out distractions.

Find Your Breath

Sit. Stand. Lay down. Choose a position and begin to breathe. Focus on where you feel your breath today. Is it deep and in your diaphragm or is it high and in your shoulders? Where do you feel it rushing into your body? Take a few moments to find where you’re starting today. Just remember that meditation means only observation. There’s no right or wrong place for the breath to sit.

Focus your Mind

For the next two to ten minutes, work on taking that breath deeper and making it last longer by slowing everything down. As you breathe, simply focus on how your body responds. How do your ribs move? Can you feel your lungs expand and collapse? If external thoughts push in, gently quiet them and refocus on your breathing. Your goal during meditation is to learn how to quiet your mind so that you can live in the moment and avoid getting wrapped up in and wasting energy on things you can’t change.

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At Home Spa Treatments

At Home Spa TreatmentsWant to treat your skin to a day at the home spa? Here’s how to give yourself a glowing treatment all with ingredients found in your cupboard.

For the Face

Starting off your day at your home spa, fix your face with a luxurious mask. Simply pull out half an avocado and puree it with a teaspoon of olive oil. Once smooth, apply it to your face and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. The natural fats in both avocados and olive oil make these two ingredients some of the best natural moisturizers available.

Do you have a cucumber? Cut two cold slices for your eyes for that wonderful anti-inflammatory property they’re known for.

For the Body

Now that the face is feeling full, it’s time to treat the body with a warm bath. However, before settling in with your favorite book or bottle of wine, you’ll need to gather a few ingredients.

For your body scrub, pull out two tablespoons of olive oil, a half cup of sugar, and a few drops of an essential oil of your choosing. Mix those ingredients together and set aside for the bath. Once the water is drawn, drop a full cup of regular oatmeal into the tub. This will help your soon-to-be-exfoliated skin retain the moisture from the bath after it ends.

For the Feet

Finally, after washing off and getting cozy, the last bit of the spa day should involve loving those feet that do so much for us. For this peel, you’ll need one half cup Greek yogurt, two tablespoons honey, one celery stalk, two dashes of coconut oil, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Blend everything together until you have a smooth mixture. Mask your feet with it and sit for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off.

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2020 Mens Summer Fashion

2020 Mens Summer FashionKeep cool this summer by looking your best. Here are the top trends from the runways of the fashion world for men.

Cuban Collars

What’s a summer fashion without a loose shirt that really lets the body breathe? Enter the Cuban collar style. Complete with large, flat collars and short sleeves that end at the elbows, you can choose to chill in a single color or embrace repeating palm trees.

Loose Suits

For men this season, tailoring can take a back seat. Suits should be relaxed this year so they can be worn both in and out of the office. Just remember to keep that blazer buttoned up. For casual outings, tennis shoes are a perfect pairing (and comfortable).

High Waists

The past always comes back and this year it’s the high waisted trouser. Designed to sit on the actual waist rather than on the hips, these callbacks to the 40s look extra chic in khaki paired with a fitted t-shirt or button up.

Knee Length

On the knees? Above the knees? Below the knees? Every season is different when it comes to the length of men’s shorts. This year, the rage is all about over the knees. While making them a little less comfortable in hotter conditions, these shorts should be worn extremely loose. Pair them with bright colors and button-ups for maximum style.

Prefer the Patches

A revival from the 80s, patchwork button-ups were all over the runways this year. There were animal prints, plaids, and stripes. Some were symmetrical, others not. They were worn with shorts, with suit pants, and with bottoms of bold designs. The common theme was loose and not tightly fitted.

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