1. You are there. Your peers have nominated you. You should be flattered. If you do not win, do not sulk. Do you know how many people in the world would give their eye-teeth to be in your shoes?
2. Don’t “diss” your fans. These are the people who love/admire you, simply for your work. I can’t think of many people that I love for their work, except for my dentist and his remarkable cosmetic dentistry. Oh, and my hairdresser, who can perfectly match my natural color.
3. Even if you don’t win, smile. Be happy for those who do win. Their show may be cancelled the next season, and you may still be working 10 years from now. Your turn will come, and even if it doesn’t, keep in mind, it’s an honor just to be nominated.
4. Thank the writers, thank the writers, thank the writers. Your show/movie begins with them.
5. Thank the Producer, the Director, and the crew. These people work the same long hours that you do, and go unrecognized for their hard work, for the most part.
6. Thank God, or whomever you consider to be a higher power, for helping get you where you’re at. Yes, a lot of hard work goes into getting into the business, but sometimes you get an unexplainable boost from an unidentifiable source.
7. Don’t use winning an award as a platform for which you can express your political views. Save that for another time.
8. Be gracious to your fans. Even if you have a personal battle going on, it only takes a minute or two to make someone’s whole day/month/year/life. Meeting you for a split second may have been a dream of theirs for many years. Remember, fans go with the territory. Without them, you would not be where you are.
9. If you’re nominated for an award, try to be at the ceremony, unless you absolutely cannot attend. People are expecting to see you there, the least you can do is show up. And again, there are millions of people who’d gladly go in your place, just to be at the event.
10. Again, don’t sulk if you don’t win. Don’t act like a bratty child, it’s not going to do you any good, and will just make you look like an ass, Steve. Smile, pose for photos, give an autograph. You have one of the most coveted jobs in the world.