Here are some things that I expect of both myself and the assistants that I hire.
Professionalism. Act as if the POTUS (Your favorite one) is in the room. Whether or not the client is on set, we will conduct ourselves as if they are. If the client is acting silly, we will still maintain a high level of friendly professionalism.
Dressed appropriately: Usually nice jeans, a nice t-shirt or polo, and comfortable athletic shoes. If this attire does not seem appropriate, don't hesitate to ask.
Timely: Show up on set early enough that if there is bad traffic you are still early and ready to work. If you think you are going to be late, please call ahead and let us know your ETA. Lombardi Time
Language: Don't curse unless you really, really smash your finger good. Be conscious of how you talk and what you talk about. We are on an assignment to complete a project as quickly and efficiently as possible, so let's avoid distractions and only talk about the task at hand.
Cell Phones & Cigarettes: Keep it reasonable. Excuse yourself (at an appropriate time) then go somewhere private where the client is not going to see you..
Pick things up, don't drag or slide them. (Flowers on a table, Chair on a Set, Light Stands, etc.) Don't sit on anything except for a chair that is provided for sitting. (Don't sit in a chair that we are about to photograph) Don't throw anything.
Proactive: A client should never secretly wonder "What am I paying this bozo for?" You are there to make Chattographer's job & everyone else on set, as easy as possible. A short list of things that can always be done:
1. Check shotlist 2. Prepare for what is next 3. Clean up (anything, everything) 4. Take some notes or double check notes for accuracy. 5. Check the equipment, make sure cords look good, make sure the settings are correct. 6. Ask anyone on set if they need anything. 7. Make sure subject person/product is clean and stylized. 8. Double check the Photographer to make sure they are working as efficiently as possible. 9. See if anyone needs a coffee or water. 10. Check the set and see if there is anything that can be adjusted 11. Find out if it would be appropriate to do some behind-the-scenes photos or video. 12. Rinse and repeat.
Have a basic knowledge of the following for lunch and break times: Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Retro Video Games, Syfy, Board Games, Professional Football, Secret Weekend Swimming Holes.