Let’s go back to you as a kid in the grocery store with your mom. You want candy…she says no. Who’s the most important person in this moment? Answer: Your mom. Why? Because she’s the only one who can give you what you want!
In acting, the OTHER PERSON is always the most important one in the scene. That’s because they are the only one who can help you fulfill your intention. So, your job as an actor *must* be to focus all your attention on the other person. That means your attention is *not* on your lines, how you say them, how you’re standing, or what you look like. Every moment of your attention should be focused on getting the other person to give you what you need. This skill will give you a connection to the other actor, help you listen for what you need, and put you in the moment. Then you can create an authentic performance instead of trying to act one.
Bonus Note: Feeling nervous? Focus on the other person and your nervousness will evaporate! (In situations where you’re working with just a camera, a reader or a casting director, *they* become the most important person in the scene.)
Next up: What it looks like to make your partner the most important person in the scene!
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