Getting Naked On-Screen by actress Amber Sweet
I have now done two films in which I’ve had love scenes and had to take my clothes off, and in doing both I gained an immense amount of confidence and I learned a lot about myself as an artist. I wouldn’t do it for just any project, I have established my boundaries, and in both instances I had to evaluate the pros and cons. Above all, the number one goal is to look out for myself and my career.
There are many things to reflect on when making the choice to de-robe. When pondering “to be naked, or not to be naked” I had to ask myself three important questions:
1) DO YOU FEEL SAFE?
This is the most obvious, and by far the most important. I only took my clothes off for a director that provided a SAFE set environment, collaborative and open rehearsal process, sensitivity to my vulnerability, and who mapped out the sex scenes like a choreographed dance. There were NO surprises, the on-set direction did not veer from the rehearsal or from the agreements in the contract, and I was always prepared and prepped so that I felt 100% confident and comfortable.
2) IS THIS DECISION IN LINE WITH MY GOALS?
I made the choice a long time ago to be a brave and fearless actress, and make career choices accordingly. I have to make smart choices and keep in mind that those choices will follow me. I want to be acknowledged and remembered for my talent and boldness, but getting naked doesn’t always guarantee accolade or career enhancement. I HAD to be selective. The sex scenes I choose to be a part of were imperative to the story and the nudity was tasteful. Both parts were leading roles, strong women, and characters that I was proud to play. It’s MY career and every decision counts.
3) ARE YOU IN CONTROL?
We have rights as actors and you should always be privy to all of those rights, but you should absolutely verse yourself in your rights regarding nudity.
Keeping these things in mind while permeating on the option to bare all, and also checking in with myself while executing said decision was crucial. I was able to walk away from both films a more seasoned, assured actress and am able to say that I am not only contented by my respective performances, I have no regrets.
About Amber Sweet
Amber Sweet is an actress best known for her breakout role in the independent short “There’s Something in the Woods.” She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and a proud company member of Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre, where she tours SoCal in the show “What Goes Around.” Amber is a founding member of the up and coming all female comedy group, Full Frontal Females, where she writes, produces, and acts. Amber will be filming two independent features in 2014, “Clarion Falls” and “Pretty Things”, as well as hitting the Off-Broadway stage, reviving her role as Bella in the critically acclaimed production of “Women Are Crazy Because Men Are A**holes.”