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How Do You Behave On a Project?

How Do You Behave On a Project?
How do you behave on a project to ensure you continue booking work?

Matthew Hughes
New York; 'The Return of Peter Grimm,' 'Pinocchio'

It's really hard to go back and forth to the rehearsals—the commuting and things—but all in all, remember that it's really fun to act and be your own personal star. Don't drag yourself into feeling like it's a terrible thing, doing this. Sometimes, I admit, it can be a little boring. You should feel like this is something you really want to do and it's going to turn out as something great. And don't ever be late.

Sarah Hyland
New York and Los Angeles; 'Modern Family,' 'Lipstick Jungle'

I've been working since I was 4, and my mom always told me, "Listen to everybody and do what you're told and have a great personality. Don't just be one of those vegetables. Take direction from the director, know your lines when you get to work, and get to work on time."

Logan Miller
Los Angeles; 'I'm in the Band,' 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past'

I think you have to treat it like a business. At the end of the day, we are working. You have to be on your best behavior, you always have to listen to everybody, and always take direction and listen carefully and make sure you're doing the right thing. Treat it as if you were doing any other kind of work. It's a business environment. You have to keep it that way.

Mitchel Musso
Los Angeles; 'Hannah Montana,' 'Phineas and Ferb'

Don't bring your phone on set. You can bring it to work if you need it for an emergency or anything like that, but never have your phone on you while you're trying to work—that's disrespectful to everyone. Know your lines. Don't crack jokes between takes. Just focus. Just be in the moment at all times. That's what being a professional actor is all about.

Jake Schwencke
New York; 'Billy Elliot,' 'Bye Bye Birdie'

Being able to perform on Broadway is an unbelievable experience. I think it's important to realize how fortunate it is to be selected for a role. You have to always give 100 percent. As a younger actor, it's helpful to act as mature as possible. Although you are a kid, you should remember that you do have a job to do. I like to be on time, be prepared, practice at home, and always listen. Personally, I enjoy being with other actors and crew members, so I try to be friendly and happy. Be respectful to everyone at the theater and remember that everyone's job is important; we're a team. Cast and crew become like a second family. If you have a problem, don't overreact. I have found that there's usually an adult cast member I can trust and ask for their advice. I try to bring the same behavior to the theater that I've been taught by my parents at home.

Taylor Spreitler
Los Angeles and New York; 'Days of Our Lives,' 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'

You always have to be humble. Your head can't get too big. Be very prepared; know all of your lines; don't waste time, because time is money. Even if we are young actors, people still expect us to be prepared and have the work ethic that older actors have. You can ask questions; just don't ask too many, and make sure they're relevant to what's going on. Be nice to everybody. Manners that we learned when we were younger, those definitely apply to set.

Jennifer Stone
Los Angeles; 'Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars,' 'Wizards of Waverly Place'

A lot of the work is done before you get to set. When you're on set, you want to make sure you're professional. I'm from the South, so I say "Please" and "Thank you," and that politeness is always a nice touch. But for the most part, the work is done before you get to set: the memorizing of the lines, having your head in the right place, knowing what you're going to do, and doing your preparation work as an actor. As long as you perform well and have a likable demeanor on set, you're most likely to work again. And you need to appreciate everybody on set, because it is a group effort. Everything in this industry is a group effort, and the actors just happen to be the ones in front of the camera. As long as you keep that in mind, you should be okay.

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