Brian Rose Posted August 20, 2010 Share Posted August 20, 2010 Here is a question, involving proper attire for a location shoot: I was ACing on an interview of a farmer in his field for a corporate client. I thought everything went well, but after it was over, the cameraman said I was dressed inappropriately. It was hot that day, and humid, and we were working out in the sun. Knowing this, I opted to wear a nice white polo, with khaki shorts, tucked in with a belt. Shoes were your basic running shoes, clean and comfortable, but ones I could get muddy if need be. Hair combed, teeth brushed, deodorant, etc, etc, and so forth. The cameraman, however, said I should not have worn shorts, because all the farmers wore jeans and boots, and I needed to dress like them, or I would stand out (he said the farmers were probably talking about me after we left, and he added that, "If you wear shorts on a farm, you're either saying you've never been on a farm before, or you're gay.") Fortunately, I'm not gay or I would've been a bit miffed. And I've been on plenty of farms...my grandparents live on a farm, so I spent many days since childhood on a farm. And jeans or shorts never came up, except to protect against bugs. I'd always opted to use bugspray, since in hot conditions, I do not feel comfortable in jeans-I get sweaty, I chafe, and I just can't focus on the work at hand. I just don't like to wear them in those conditions. Instead, I seem to have violated some code I was never aware of until now. Up to now, I always dressed with the intent of being clean and professional looking, yet with a mind towards comfort depending on the conditions I'm working in. But I am worried about making another mistake like this, by not dressing right for the client. I want to consider this man's advice, because he is so much more experienced than me, but in the hot and humid conditions I was working in, I wonder if I was so off base to wear a nice pair of shorts rather than stuffy jeans. Did I make a mistake, or do you think the cameraman overreacted? What emphasis do you all place upon attire at a film shoot? What balance do you strike between the need to look the part of a working professional, while keeping a mind toward the conditions you're facing, to be comfortable and able to function at your best? Sincerely, BR Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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