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Posted by admin, July 21, 2011 3:36 pm

Have you ever walked away from an audition thinking “Did I do it right?” It’s a nagging feeling that can last for days and you do not have to feel that 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?”

Remember your experience can serve as a valuable learning tool and inspiration for others.  Please leave a comment.

2 Responses to “Part 1 – Dealing with Confusing Redirections”

  1. Bryan says:

    I believe the casting directors will change the scene from time to time to see if the actor can take direction. The casting directors will see people do the same scene a hundred times. If they are interested in an actor they will want to see something that will set them apart. The change in the scene could also reflex the tone of a different scene without having the actor read different sides.

  2. Carol says:

    With all due respect…my reaction to this example is in my experience it’s NOT a good idea to question the direction given. Yes, ask a question if you don’t UNDERSTAND what’s being asked of you. Yes, ask a question if you need more information. But don’t question their direction; it’s always better to be flexible and let go of your idea of how it’s supposed to be played and just go with it. The director or casting person may have a multitude of reasons why they are asking you to do it completely differently, and opposite of how you thought it should be. If you ask a question which is obviously QUESTIONING THEIR DIRECTION, as opposed to trying to just better UNDERSTAND the new direction, it makes you seem like an obstinate actor who may not be so easy to work with. Personally I would never do that.


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