Archive for September, 2012
Does this ever happen to you? My student, Joe, told me about an audition he felt he messed up. “What happened?” I asked. “I couldn’t figure it out.”, “What was the character’s intention?” I asked him. “I don’t know. I couldn’t figure it out.” He said it again, very dejectedly. Then I realized he had had the sides for a day and hadn’t called me. That was his first mistake.
A coaching for every audition can be very expensive. So, I offer my students 10 minutes free on the phone. Turns out I helped him in less than 5 minutes. So don’t do it alone.
His second mistake was trying to figure it out. When the pressure is on my brain goes to: I have to figure this out. But when my brain goes on my instincts and intuitive feelings go off. Which doesn’t help because they are my greatest resources in Script Analysis. Does this ever happen to you?
It doesn’t have to. Read on.
So I asked Joe, “What’s the scene about?” (Question #1 of the 9 Questions of Intentional Acting.) “A cop is parked outside of a drug dealer’s house on a stake out and his partner drives up with his kid in the car.” Then I asked him Question #2. “How do you relate?” Joe said, “I don’t know.” So I asked him Question #3, “What would the experience be like if you were sitting in front of a drug dealer’s house and I show up with my 15 month son. What would you do?” ” I’d try to figure out why you brought him.” he said. There are those deadly words again. Try to Figure it Out. So I asked him, “What does your gut say to you when you see me with my kid in front of a drug dealer’s house?” “Get out of here.” he passionately said. “So what would you want to make me feel or do?(Intention)” I said. “Protect your child and get him out of here.” Bingo! The lights went on in Joe’s head. Now he knew what to do with the scene and he was passionately connected to his feelings and instincts in less than 5 minutes.
Don’t figure it out! Stop and ask yourself the 9 Questions of Intentional Acting and start listening to your own unique feelings and instincts. You’ll know what to do. Now go out there and book work.
Please comment – let us know how the 9 Questions have helped you to figure it out.