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How to Make a Great First Impression at Any Gig: 10 Easy Steps

A checklist for crew members on how to make a good first impression at the gig.

Rumor has it you don't get a second chance at making an excellent first impression. In that case, it's important to remember even the small items that can make a big difference.

First impressions are a make or break situation on site because no one wants to work with someone who isn't reliable, approachable or not a team player. 

Even if you have been in the industry for a while you can help lead by example for your fellow crew members. 



1. Get enough sleep the night before

2. Dress appropriately

3. Arrive a few minutes early

4. Introduce yourself  

5. Don't forget eye contact

6. Take initiative - if you see something that needs to be done, jump in! 

7. Ask questions

8. Put your phone away

9. Be friendly but professional

10. Be willing to listen and learn


Get enough sleep the night before

Don't force the impossible by making yourself go to bed at 8 pm if it's not a natural time for you. Try to plan for the next day by going to bed at a reasonable hour.


Dress appropriately

Make sure you know if it's a show black or dress black event. 

What not to wear:

  • No logos on your clothes unless it's the company you're working with.
  • Stay away from ripped, worn-out or faded black clothes.
  • Avoid necklaces and rings or anything that can get tangled or stuck.
Check out this guide for tips on what to wear on a gig. 


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Arrive a few minutes early

Whether it's your first day or you've been working for years, it never hurts to get on site early. 


Introduce yourself

The way you introduce and present yourself can provide people with a first impression of you. Introducing yourself can help confidently establish trust with the other person.


Don't forget eye contact

Eye contact is easily overlooked but makes a huge impact. Let someone know that you are listening and care about what's happening by making eye contact.


Take initiative - if you see something that needs to be done, jump in!

Don't wait for someone to ask or for someone else to jump in if you are ready and able. 


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Ask questions

Don't be afraid to ask questions. This will help you learn and give someone the opportunity guide you or the situation to success. 


Put your phone away

If possible, turn your phone on silent so you can be focused on the job.


Be friendly but professional

It's fine to crack jokes and be friends with your fellow crew members but remember that you are there for work so it's important to keep things appropriate. 


Be willing to listen and learn

You learn something new every day and that's so true on a job site. 


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