Sometimes when a casting team can’t come to a decision on which actor to pick, they will re-watch auditions with the sound turned down. What might they be looking for? The person who is truly listening. That’s because it’s those reactions that are the most authentic on camera. The actor who is listening is always the one who’s in the moment.
“Be in the moment”
Yep, you hear it a lot and that’s the goal – but how do you get “into the moment” when you’re in an audition facing a room full of casting people?
And don’t just listen passively; listen FOR something. What are you expecting? Wanting? Hoping for? Whatever it is, find it. That becomes your intention.
Listening for your intention brings you into the present and connects you with your scene partner. It makes them the most important person in the scene (even if that person is the reader…with their face buried in the script!) Now you can fight for something – even if it’s just getting the reader to look up – and that will put you in the moment.
How do you know you’re in the moment? When you forget there’s a camera or that people are watching you. You’re now completely committed to fighting for your intention, which shifts all of your concentration onto the other person.
This is the magic of acting – this is being In the Zone. This is the essence of the 9 Questions of Intentional Acting. Applying the 9 Questions is where the rubber hits the road…and it does take practice. Acting is simple. That doesn’t mean it’s easy.
So remember: Listen for your intention. Because the connection you create (and the response that follows) will always surpass the words you speak.
LIVE THE DREAM YOU WERE BORN TO
Acting should be simple. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If you are an actor, or know someone who is, and you need a safe place to be yourself and to be challenged to continually grow and share vulnerable performances, Intentional Acting may be right for you.
There is no better moment than now to make the intention to take full control of your acting career and live the dream you were born to.
Call 818-325-5752 or email me at Loren@IntentionalActing.com to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.
In the meantime, to learn more about Intentional Acting and the 9 questions that frame the work I do with actors of all ages visit www.intentionalacting.com/what-is-intentional-acting/