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Do you know the #1 thing a Casting Director wants from an actor?  To be present.

If you’re anything like the students in my acting class, it goes without saying that your career, your time, and your money are very important to you. You can’t afford to find yourself in that all-important audition with your head and your heart disconnected.

If you are struggling to reach your potential and are seeking to book not only one job, but several, the skill that is most often overlooked is: Being Present.

When you’re present, you put yourself in an ideal state of mind for creating consistent and authentic performances that will get you noticed by casting and booking jobs.

What Do You Want Right Now?

In a recent class, I had a student performing a scene. He was working hard but he was struggling to feel connected to his scene partner and the scene. I asked him what he – not the character – wanted right now.

He said that he had had a tough day. I said, “What do you want, right now?” He said he really just wanted a hug?” I told him to use this to get his scene partner to give him a hug as his intention in the scene. He resisted, “But I’m a cop, at a crime scene, testing out a new partner.” I urged him to just try it and see.

His intention to get a hug forced him to listen to his scene partner. He surprised himself by the very motivated and spontaneous physical choices he made, and that he didn’t stumble on any lines. From a casting point of view, the scene had the sexual tension, conflict, and energy needed for a strong audition.

Be Present To What Is Real

You can only be present to what is real for you in the moment. Keep that in mind, next time you’re about to perform, ask yourself, “What do I want right now?” Pick the most pressing need. Then use that as your intention, even if you think it will never work for the scene. Try it and see what happens.

When it comes to bringing your performance to the next level, being present in the moment can unearth not only a surprising and authentic result for the scene, but for yourself as well. Being present will allow you to bring more of yourself to the role and in the room – and this is what casting wants to see.


If you’re an actor or know someone who is feel free to share this article on being present with those you believe could benefit from it. Thank you.

Remember, as an actor, you’re part of an inspiring community. Try bringing what is present to you in the moment to your next scene and share your experience in the comments below. This is your inspirational story and can serve as a valuable learning tool for others.


Acting should be simple. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If you’re an actor or you know someone who is, 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 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

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