THE ETERNAL COMMANDMENTS

THE CARDINAL LAWS

KNOW THAT AS A PROFESSIONAL ACTOR,
YOU ARE OWED SAFE SET PRACTICE, SAFE THEATRE PRACTISE
AND INTIMACY GUIDELINES.

It is a real delight to pen this paragraph and place it as the first cardinal law in The Eternal Commandants. Due to the effectiveness of various industry movements and the rigorous push for accountability, transparency and individual boundaries in this sector, there are now more safeguards than ever before to eliminate sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination from all aspects of our work. With the advent of the Safe Theatres Australia Forum, the implementation of intimacy directors, intimacy guidelines and whistle-blowing frameworks actors now have a swathe of different precautions that are there specifically to protect you as a professional. All of us are entitled to a safe and respectful workplace where we can do our thing without fear of sexual harassment or workplace bullying in all its guises; regardless of our culture, religion, ethnicity, gender or age. Be sure to talk to your agent to ensure that such safeguards have been implemented on each project you work on and maintain an ongoing dialogue to ensure that they are remaining effective. Many film and television sets have these guidelines placed in highly visible locations and production coordinators should be able to provide you with a copy of them without question. You should never feel like you’re being pressured into accepting something in a contract OR on set that makes you feel uncomfortable. Also, it is now a given that intimacy guidelines form part of a safe theatre/safe set practise for any sex scene, nudity or kissing. Always confirm with your agent and director if these guidelines are in place prior to any work being done. If you sense that something has contravened these guidelines, speak up immediately.

REALISE THAT A COMPLAINT IS NOT BITCHING
AND
BITCHING ISN'T A COMPLAINT.


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