Try not to get diverted so you can do your job well.
Take note of what diverts you.
Do you sit in the front seat of the transport vehicle and talk to the driver because you want to be nice? It might not suit you. Maybe you want to sleep, look at your lines, or just daydream.
In hair and make-up they might start talking to you and asking ‘When did we last work together?’ etc. You can hold up your script and say, ‘I’m having a look at my lines.’
The TAD will come and get you to bring you to set. She has been trained to be nice; so she chats. You may want to walk to set on your own – I do. And go on set when you want to – I do. You may not want to chat or hear her talking on the walkie. I don’t.
While waiting for a lighting set-up all the actor’s sit in the cast chairs. There might be lots of talk. If you don’t want to talk – move your chair. When shooting I sit on an apple box far off to the side.
You already are a nice person so you don’t need to use extra energy to be nice.
Being professional is the watchword and every other professional on set will recognize that and appreciate it.
On the set of A Dry White Summer the actress Janet Suzman noted that Marlon Brando didn’t look at anyone as he walked from his trailer to the courtroom set. He had his head down. He was going to work. If he looked at everyone - all who knew he was ‘Marlon Brando’ and wanted to have a look - that would have depleted a lot of his energy. He kept his head down so he could keep his energy and do his best work.
Sit in the back seat.