Tuesday, 11 September 2012 01:16

Industry Tips >> Set Dressing-Is your fashion your friend or foe?

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fashion_police-1.jpg - 20.20 KbI’m fairly certain my parents didn’t want me to earn a masters degree in defying authority but I tend to think I excelled in those studies and I‘m kind of proud of it!

Take how I dress for instance. Nobody’s gonna put Jessie in a corner and if I feel like getting my freak on or having a flair or just flaunting what I got, I’m all about it. But now after years of experience and some interesting reactions, I recognize I am communicating something very intentional with the way I choose to dress.

Throughout history, fashion has been used to differentiate ourselves: stating our uniqueness, social class, gender, even our age group. I’m all about uniqueness, but when I am in production or on set, there are some obvious (to me and my way of thinking) dress codes that speak volumes about who you are, what you are willing to do, and how you play with others.

Yes this involves conclusions and judgments and may not end up as a chapter in my upcoming book, “If Buddha was producing this what would he do,” (just kidding) but how you dress may be just be the thing that alienates you from others or brings you the attention and job offer from that department head that you have been hoping for.

Be sassy and expressive but consider the environment and your job description when you put your clothes out the night before your 5am call.

Here are some of the trends that I’ve spotted that might earn a visit from the set fashion police.

Know your audience. No one would every accuse me of dressing conservatively but when I had to shoot in a country club with a dress code I created bohemian country club chic as a style and got compliments from my client. Have fun with fashion if that’s your thing and enjoy the opportunity to communicate and grow your style in front of a variety of people.

• Bootylicious. Yes set is filled with tons of potential future ex-boyfriends and possible mates but showing up looking like you are headed for up in da club really ends up making everyone uncomfortable and you unable to do your job even if it is sitting in a chair. Consider how much of a spectacle you want to be before you show up in your short shorts and Ugg boots. That goes for guys in ass hanging out pants too.

Step Up. If you show up in heels to set I clearly get your message…you aren’t there to work. I’m the producer and I don’t show up in heels just in case I have to work!!! There are exceptions of course but those are reserved for the people who are signing my check or are there to get out of their studio offices for the day. But since I don’t hire them, it doesn’t matter. Not saying you have to wear work boots or orthopedic shoes but don’t be surprised if I don't rely on you for support if you aren’t set dressed for success.

Make Scents. No it’s not a typo…how you smell matters. If you just got back from Burning Man and haven’t had a shower or smoked a pack of cigarettes in your car I just want to let you know we CAN smell you and it’s not fun. Come to a meeting with clients or show up on set aware that how you smell matters and find a balance between Pig Pen and the Old Spice Man that feels good to you. And hey, they sell those one-use toothbrush packs at the 99 cents store.

• Most of all, value yourself. I enjoy the colors, looks, textures and creative fashion statements I get to witness in production but what I love most is when I meet someone who is comfortable in their own skin and radiates that from the inside out. Let however you show up for a meeting or set be an authentic expression of who you are, please you first and foremost, and I suspect it will be appreciated by the rest of us.

See you on set,


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Jessie Marcus

An award-winning producer, Jessie is known for her ingenuity, positive outlook, calm disposition and sense of humor, all valuable skills when working with networks, studios, and agencies with strong personalities in high-pressure situations.

With over a decade of experience as a freelance Producer, Jessie can be found shooting projects on the high seas with Disney, backstage with BET, on the streets of NYC with USA network and Freeform, as well as worldwide with the likes of Oxygen, TBS, E! Entertainment, and others.

Her numerous credits include projects ranging from commercials, movie and TV promos to music videos, co-branded entertainment, magazine shows, interactive media, documentaries, and PSA’s. She loves what she does and it shows!

Jessie completed a 3-year Master’s Program in Spiritual Psychology, adding another tool to her bag of tricks and bringing those skills to the fast-paced, quick turnaround, production world as well as to her life coaching practice.

Contact Jessie Marcus jessieonfire@gmail.com

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