I had this happen a few months back where the stylist of a production I was working on was doing a lot of over stepping. He felt that because he was friends with the director of the project, that he can tell me what to do. He was pushy, loved to hover instead of doing what he was originally there to do and I even caught him "adjusting" makeup & hair! As many of you know me, I wasn't having it. I took steps to make him aware that he was over stepping his boundaries. Sometimes following these steps works and sometimes it doesn't. Whether you want to deal with it or not is completely up to you. Here's what I did:
- I spoke to the AD (Assistant Director) about how I felt. She pulled him aside and expressed how I felt (that didn't work).
- I spoke to the 2nd AD (that didn't work either).
- I pulled him aside myself and expressed how I didn't appreciate his constant over stepping (that worked for all of 2 days).
A Little Extra...
Did you know that in the real (union) world of TV/Film if anyone over steps their boundaries you can be fired on the spot? Whether it's hair or makeup or props, you're there to do what you were hired for and in no way are you to over step or give any kind of suggestion (unless you're the director, producer etc). A friend of mine who's in the union told me a story about a makeup artist who lint rolled the actor (that's wardrobe's job). Although she meant well, she over stepped and was heavily reprimanded. If you're makeup, you're makeup. That's it! You can't go around handing out bobby pins (that's hair) or giving out band aids (that's props). Take care of what you were hired to do and everything will go smoothly.