Rubberneckers when filming

As you probably know, I have been involved in a fair few student films recently, and a little while ago I was filming for Moving In the Web Series when I noticed something.

We were filming along a river in a park in London – and there were quite a few boats going past. We had to stop filming and start again more times for that scene than any others. Why you may ask? Because of rubberneckers on the boats! Now, I can understand that when you see a camera, boom pole and a number of actors, your first instinct is to stare, and look back as you go past, however, next time – bear this in mind:

  1. If everyone in the background is staring, that footage can’t be used – for obvious reasons.
  2. Whatever they are filming could be the next big thing (you never know!) and if you DON’T stare, they may use the footage with you in the background, and you’ll get your….2 seconds of fame.
  3. If they have to keep re doing a scene, it will very probably put out their time schedule for the rest of the scenes they need to do that day, and could mean they don’t get all the scenes in that they want – due to when cast and crew are available.

I hope this has given you a little insight into filming – even if it’s just enough to stop you staring next time you see a camera!


Invest Time in your Character

Too many times I have got on set with a suitcase full of clothes and accessories for my character, only to be told “what you’re wearing now will be fine”.

Now I understand that time is money, and on a set you’re almost always behind time…but more often than not I haven’t even had a brief of my character before hand – just the script – so the things I’ve brought are based on what I think my character is like – which could be totally wrong! Deciding on the appearance of my character, and also her back story, will help me act much better than if I’m just given a script.

What makes a film / show? The storyline, and the characters. Knowing your characters inside out can change how the behave, how they speak, what they wear, and also, what they do. For example, is your character shy or outgoing? Straight away, this will change how they talk to another character.

Other things to consider:

  • Is there anything in their past which has effected them?
  • Do they have any tattoos / piercings?
  • What is their family – only child, twin, siblings, older, younger? If you want to really go into detail, what about cousins – are they close, or not?
  • What music / tv shows / books are they in to? Are they fanatical about these things (go to every show, buy all the merchandise etc), or do they “just like them”?

Now, for appearance. Especially for a female, this can be VERY telling. Also, these things are needed in advance – I need to know if I’m going to have to straighten or curl my hair, take my extensions or pin my hair up to make it look shorter.


  • Up or Down?
  • Curly or Straight?
  • Long or Short?
  • Accessories?


  • Natural?
  • Bold?
  • Smouldering?
  • Colour?


  • Big / Little / None?
  • Funky / Stylish / Simple / Elegant?

Clothes and Shoes

  • Dress /Skirt or Jeans / Trousers?
  • Low Cut or High Cut?
  • Short or Long?
  • Motif or Plain?
  • Heels or Flats?
  • Boots or Shoes?


  • Backpack / Shoulder / Purse / Satchel?
  • Big or Small?
  • Everyday or Going Out?
  • Bright Colours or Plain?
  • Also consider what is in your characters bag – as this can be very telling of their personality.

Of course, this doesn’t hold true for every film. Films with no dialogue, and films that are purely cinamagraphic will probably not need all, or any of the above considerations, but I feel that it is something good for directors, writers, film makers and such to think about.

This is by no means a full list of things to consider, so feel free to post your thoughts on things that need to be considered below.

I hope this post is helpful when you come to creating your next film!

Deposits and Giving Notice

Now, I don’t want this blog to turn into a rant, but I really need to say this, as I feel people don’t realise sometimes the work that goes into singing at an event, or running a party!

When you book me to perform – whether it be singing love songs at a wedding, a vintage set at an event or party, or running a kids princess party (or any other theme for that matter) – my first reason for doing it, is because I love it, and I will spend hours practising and planning to make it super special.

Paying a deposit secures your date, however it’s not just that. As mentioned above, I spend hours before the event working on songs and planning to get things perfect. Some examples of this:

  • For two 45 minute sets, on average I will practice for 15 to 20 hours in total to get the songs you want perfected – and I’ll even learn totally new songs if you ask.
  • To run a kids party (including decorating & providing table wear, music, karaoke, and whatever else you might want) I will spend hours researching and planning and coming up with unique ideas to make it really memorable, plus going out and buying all the items needed or making things if necessary.

This isn’t my full time job at the moment, so I may even have to book the day off work in order to sing at your event / wedding. On top of this, I will possibly have to turn down other work for that date, so if I don’t have a deposit, you don’t have me booked. I hate to be so harsh, but I want this to be my full time job, and people not paying, means that I’m wasting my time. 😦

If you find your event / wedding is cancelled or moved, please, don’t wait until I chase you for money or information / confirmation to tell me that. It could very easily be that I have turned down another job because I was holding the date for you, and by the time you tell me, it may be too late for me to accept.

This isn’t just me – anyone who works for themselves, especially those in the entertainment industry – we have bills to pay and need food to eat, just the same as the rest of you.