Professionalism is kinda a weird thing. People sometimes put a distinct separation between professionalism and fun in anything remotely resembling a business, as if you can't be good and organized while still having fun with your friends. It's primarily brought up when a hard decision has to be made, as if making the touch decision in a negative manner is important to being professional.
With my experience with The Originals as my primary reference, I think that being professional means being organized, being proactive, not letting your emotions get in the way of you work (though it can be a healthy supplicant) while still keeping the experience fun. Organization increases the quality of life for every, so everyone has just a little more room to explore, grow and be happy. Even while working with different ensembles, at the end of the day you want people to feel like they have succeeded but know what they need to improve on.
Now, there will be tough decisions on occasion, but what makes you a professional isn't making that tough decision to hurt others, passionately fighting for either site or even playing devil's advocate all the time; when a bad situation presents itself, sensitivity and humility are essential. What makes you professional is being logical while being very aware of people's emotions. This way, you can convey what you really think and not be afraid of retribution because you're being smart with your wording. It's so essential to always stay calm and see things from everyone else's point of view. Make whatever you do about the others, not just yourself. Have protocol for everything so you're not guessing all the time and so people many years from you can continue to learn from your teachings. These things are all what being professional is all about.
The deal is that I'm making 4 music videos, all part of a single narrative. There's 3 different characters in a story influenced by the conflicts in early Christianities between the many different views in the first few centuries after the birth of Christ. I'm not particularly religious, but I think the concept is interesting. It's all electronic music; 3 of the videos will be performance videos based on individual characters, while 1 is more of an overture that will be lip synced. It's ambitious for me; other than interviews and documentary style videos (the longest of which is the Road to ICCA video for the originals), I don't have much experience filming something in super high quality and working toward having a lot of material that can be concentrated into a really intense, passionate project. There's been a little too much wandering, since I've had to put the project aside to focus on stuff that happens only the first week of school (i.e. moving in, Originals auditions, getting ahead of classes) and my weekends have been booked. But I'm very excited for this project; I've been ahead for a while and having the time to sit in the info will make the performances better and more natural.