Re: I can't be the only costumer that experiences th...
- The whole false tech vs actor "rivalry" that goes on with some folks
just underlines the lack of professionalism that abounds in some
places. REAL actors appreciate their tech support and are
cooperative and grateful, REAL tech people (especially costumers who
work most directly with actors) love and support their actors, try
to make them happy, and LISTEN to their concerns. The tech vs actor
crap invariably is a big thing with HS kids who have a tendency to
form into cliques of all kinds, inept community theatre people, wet
behind the ears college freshman, and so-called professionals who
never really aquired the self confidence to be unthreatened by their
co-artists. When you meet a costumer who scorns actors and their
input, or an actor who regards tech people as personal servants, you
know you are dealing with an insecure neurotic, or a person with no
real experience at all. The only proper response is to keep your
own attitude professional despite the stupid behavior of the few.
Noticing how many new college students came in from HS with this
attitude I once titled a talk at an ACTF conference "Why Actors Hate
Costumers and Vice Versa" to try to preach to the unconverted my
philosophy that the two groups were made to be happy with each other
if they could only understand the others job and communicate
better. I keep meaning to write that lecture down and put it on my
site, but I never seem to do so. Perhaps in July when I get back to
--- In TheCostumersManifesto@y..., "neimhaille" <vcairistiona@h...>
> > > I have quit doing comunity theater because theirsigh
> > > attitude is you are only on crew because you aren't
> > > good enough to be on stage. <----- Wow, I understand
> > that...I understand that very well....too well....
> You know what, I've had the exact opposite: you're just an actor
> what do you know about costuming....
> And the same people point blank refuse to look at the work I've
> taking a break from mind numbing hand sewing net to my bodice...
> http://recital.tripod.com/costume/moulinpink.htm see what I have
> done so far though;)
- I grew up working with a theater company that
instilled respect for tech people, actors, and anyone
else involved in a production. It wasn't until
leaving my hometown that I started meeting prima donna
actors and directors with no respect for costuming.
Tara, your comments are so on track. I would love to
hear your seminar on actors and costumers. As an
actor, director, and costumer, I don't understand how
these attitudes prevail. I would never treat an actor
poorly; my job is to make them good. I respect the
director's vision of a show but I also expect respect
for my knowledge. I don't think that's unreasonable.
To me, that's just professional courtesy that should
be observed in any profession -- even outside the
There is a reason I tell actors "Nice people get nice
costumes; all others go naked. I reserve the right to
put you in a burlap sack." Yes, I am being facetious
but I sometimes say that to actors so they understand
that I am not their personal fashion designer. Like
others posted, too, there are good and bad directors.
We have the choice to work with whom we please, right?
Thanks again, Tara. Glad you had a nice trip.
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