Archive for July, 2011
In auditions often you can get a redirect that doesn’t make sense to you. This often derails an actor. So to turn what may feel like a audition going bad in to a good one – ask a question. Here’s how I recommend to ask:
Part 1: Repeat the direction they gave you. “I heard you say you’d like me to do…”
Part 2: Acknowledge that you will do the direction they gave you. “…which I will do.”
Part 3: Take responsibility. “I’m a little confused because…”
Part 4: Ask for clarity. “Could you please clarify?”
I can’t stress enough how important Part 3 is. Do not argue with the director “But the script says…” And certainly don’t try to prove him or her wrong.
If you still think they’re wrong, do as they ask, and assume they are asking you for a very good reason. Because they probably do have a reason that you don’t know about, i.e. the guys in the suits (producers, network, client) want it this way.
A student, John, auditioned for a play with a monologue, which according to the script was to be a private conversation between himself and his father. The director’s adjustment was for the actor to do it as if it were a public conversation.
John was confused by the direction because it conflicted with the script but he did it anyway. John walked out of the audition feeling unsure of whether he gave the director what he wanted, even though he had done exactly what the director had asked.
Next time ask for clarification. Ask a question.
John could have said, “I hear you’d like me to do the monologue again as a public conversation, which I will do, but I’m a little confused because my understanding of the script is that this is a private conversation between a father and a son. Would you still like me to perform it as a public conversation?”
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Congratulations to Intentional Acting Students!
Erica Jenkins – Member of the Pussy Cat Dolls,
Sarah Plunkett – Hallmark Commercial
Mari Mori – Untitled Feature Film
Alexandra Kovalchik – Wholefoods, Ameritrust, Cox Cable Commercials
Keith Nagel – Night Dream Blues – Lead in Feature Film
Jessica Nagel – Resevoir Bitches, Untitled Feature Film
Jamee French – 2012 London Olympics Commercial
Brian French – Destroy Build Destroy
Vincent Cash - Imperfect Heist
Nicholas Kaehler – Remo Drum Commercial