Learning to check in is a subtle skill that takes listening to the next level. In part 1, we talked about what to look for in your scene partner through body language and facial expression. Checking in will bring you deeper into your scene because it will help you:
-Be Present: I see this in my kids’ classes all the time. They’re so focused on trying to get the next line out that they’re ignoring that crucial physical response from their scene partner. The other person’s body language is key here: it brings you into the present and makes your response real. Without it, you’re not reacting, you’re reciting.
- Be Connected. Checking in Makes Your Partner the Most Important Person in the Scene: If you’re focused on your lines or your costume or the how much time is left in class or ANYTHING OTHER than your scene partner, you are NOT reacting. You’re also not engaging, connecting, or fighting for anything. Shift your focus back to your scene partner! It will instantly bring you into to the present moment and back to the most important person in the scene. That’s where you get connected…and that’s where the magic of acting begins.
Remember: emotion is the by-product of acting, not the source. You need to stay in the experience to keep your reactions true. And to do this, you must check in and make the other person the most important person in the scene. This will keep your responses sharp…and your performance authentic!
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