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Breaking into TV & Film Wardrobe

A typical day would start around 7. If the shooting was at 7 than the on set wardrobe would have to be in 18 minutes before the first actor to set their clothing. If the actor is a woman that time can be 1-2 hours earlier than call. So when many of the crew would be there at 7 we would be there about 5:45. We would check the continuity book so the actor would be in the right clothing for the right scenes. The we would prep the clothes which could include ironing or steaming (I can't tell you how many steamer incidents I have had). Then we would put them in the rooms. Some actors want their belts threaded through their pants, some want their undershirts laid out for them and some need help just getting dressed (usually only if the costume is complicated).

During the day we would make sure that the actor is wearing the clothes the same way in each shot and we would document it and put it into a book to reference later. We would also have to make sure the actor would change if the scene required it, tuck their shirts in if they get messy or just be attentive and make sure the actor doesn't have the shirt buttoned up one scene and not the next.

Days can be 12 hours and I have worked as much as 18 hours

The hours can be during any part of the day or night. The most brutal are ones that shoot all night until the sun comes up the next day. Those hours from 2-4 are just a struggle to stay awake.

There are the perks though. The friends you make because you are with them for more hours than your family. Over 1/2 of my friends are those that I have or are working with. If you love celebrity than to work with them is pretty cool. Craft service and catering are also a great bonus. The fact that I didn't have to pay for or cook for years on end was just amazing. The best perk is just being a part of the process and to see your work on screen. Even the crappiest things I have worked on still make me feel proud.

Usually the crappiest films are the most fun to work on

That is another anomaly. Usually the crappiest films are the most fun to work on. The ones on location are especially fun. They pay for you to live there, you get per diem and you have no time to spend any of the money you make.

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