We recently worked on a video that had a Chinese student as the host. After the shoot, I was told the Chinese student asked our client why I didn’t smell. Our client was taken aback at first, but then the Chinese student said that I was so serious, and she realized the student was saying “smile,” not “smell.”
Not smelling, that’s a good thing. Not smiling, that’s not as good. I’ll admit, sometimes I take my job too seriously. I have to remind myself that I have a fun job.
So why am I so serious on video shoots? I guess I just have a lot on my mind. A Hollywood director has a more people depending on him or her than I do. But he also has a lot of talented people working for him. On our shoots, I’m often playing the role of producer, director, director of photography, gaffer, sound technician, script supervisor and craft services. I get focused on doing all of those things well, and sometimes I forget to have fun.
From now on, I resolve to do better. I’ll try to continue to not smell. I’ll continue to focus on doing everything well. But let’s have some fun while we’re doing it too!