Originally Posted: Mar 5, 2018
Last Updated: Jan 2, 2020
For Theater and Film majors working on college sets, the workday can be as long as 10–12 hours. During this time, you have to work hard and be on your feet all day. That’s why Lucia stresses the importance of staying healthy and gives tips to make these long hours a little more manageable. Check out the video below!
Sometimes you get called on set before the dining hall is open. Make sure you keep some snacks in your dorm or know of a 24-hour Starbucks, because breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Bring a water bottle
You’re on your feet all day on set, and it’s much easier if you have your own water. Your energy levels will be higher if you stay hydrated.
Eating lunch is also super important to surviving the long hours on a film set. Even if you don’t take your break and want to work through it, see if a friend can go and get you food.
Comfortable shoes will make being on your feet for long hours much more doable.
Bring blotting sheets
Lucia says a set can get super hot and your skin can get greasy, so if you blot your face, you’ll feel a little less icky.
Remember to go to the bathroom
It is understandable that you don’t want to miss anything important on set, but going to the bathroom is a higher priority! It’s okay to take a few minutes to step away and refresh.
Gloves are important, especially when you are dealing with lights that become really hot. Wearing gloves will help you avoid getting burnt.
Make a dinner plan
Lucia gets home from set as late at 9:00–11:00 pm, meaning some of the dining halls are closed. Keep dinner options in your dorm so you don’t skip out on another much-needed meal.
Don’t overextend yourself
You have a lot going on in college, but school and your health should come first. Only crew a set as much as you can handle, because balancing everything will help you in the long run.