Arts & Entertainment

Leading a Successful Shoot

Parris Goebel

Lesson time 08:15 min

Parris shares one of the most important parts of being a great choreographer and director: being a great leader. She explains how she is able to inspire respect and run a successful set.

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Topics include: Do It Yourself


[00:00:00.00] [ELECTRONIC MUSIC] [00:00:25.12] - A day on set for me starts with a wake-up. I usually just play music that gets me excited and feeling good. I put on an outfit that makes me feel like I'm a boss, makes me feel comfortable, and that I'm ready to just step in and just kill it. So my morning really consists of just getting me in a headspace of you can do it. Like, it doesn't matter what level you're at. You always need to give yourself that hype talk off just like, you can do it. I always feel a little bit nervous, so it's important that I just give myself that confidence and reassurance that I know what I'm doing, and I've put the hard work in. [00:01:09.00] I'll usually just pull my treatment back up and just, again, go back to my mat. Make sure I've done everything correctly according to what I see in my head. The tape that I've put together from the rehearsal of all my angles and all my camera shots, that's pretty much my shot list for me. [00:01:24.00] I'm not good with papers or anything like that, so if I can have it visually on my phone, I'll just have it on replay, and just make sure I know all my shots off by heart. And to have it all stored in my head is really, really important. [00:01:35.10] Then I'll step on set. Say hi to everyone. [00:01:37.47] Hi, everyone. [00:01:38.32] - [00:01:38.80] - [00:01:40.74] I usually say hi to the dancers first, and just get everyone in a good mood, make sure everyone's good, feeling good. And then I just go through every single department and just make sure we're all ready, we're all on the same page. [00:01:52.71] I spend a lot of time in styling and getting all those details correct. I'm really particular about that. [00:02:00.06] Because I've worked in so many different countries, I've actually worked with different teams every project. So it's definitely challenging when you're coming across different creatives and different heads of departments. And you know, sometimes you've never worked with someone before, so it's trying to see eye to eye with someone that you're just getting to know. And you're kind of just diving straight into this vision together. But you barely know them. So that can also be a challenge. [00:02:24.87] And I don't even know if you want to go up and then side to side in a mixed formation. [00:02:28.92] But I think what's really helped me through that process of working with different creatives is making sure I'm in tune with my gut, and I'm in tune with my intuition. I've learned that it never fails me. And that will never fail you. If you have a really strong relationship with your intuition, you will fight for it. You'll fight for that feeling. You know, when you get that feeling, always trust it. Never ignore it. [00:02:57.10] So when you do come across those challenges, where maybe people aren't seeing eye to eye with you, or a shot is just not going right, or a set is falling to pieces, all those challenges tha...

About the Instructor

The creative force behind Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” video and Jennifer Lopez’s Super Bowl halftime show, Parris Goebel is a dance powerhouse. Now the award-winning choreographer breaks down her approach so you can harness your own creativity. Learn how iconic performances are made—and how to develop and polish routines, direct videos, and exude confidence every step of the way—as Parris opens up like never before.

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