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Posted by admin, September 25, 2014 6:15 pm

The Bad Audition and How To Fix It

Has this ever happened to you?

You’re in the middle of a scene, and your inner voice says, “Why did you do that?”  or “Oh no,  you’re not feeling it!” “The CD looks bored.” And then the dreaded: “I missed a line.”

Now you’ve lost your connection to the reader and then you realize you have no intention and by this time you’re probably getting a bit nervous, and what happens?  You feel the need to act.  Or as my teacher used to say, while he mimed smoking a cigar: “Yackting”

And you know how it goes from there.

The Casting Director says, “Thank you.” and as you walk out of the room and the next actor walks in and you hear the Casting Director say to them, “Oh. Hi! It’s so great to see you again. How ya been?” Do I need to continue? Didn’t think so.

So how do you fix this problem?

Your audition got derailed when you made the voice in your head the most important person in the scene.  Now the way you get back on track is to…

Get over there!  Make the other person the most important person in the scene.

When you hear your voice, tell it what to do, even if it’s as simple as  “What are the color of the reader’s eyes?”  “What do I want them to feel or do?”

When you hear your voice, it means you’re not connected to your scene partner. Train yourself so when you do hear it tell it:  “Get back over there.  Focus on my scene partner.”

FYI – be careful. The voice is sneaky. It will also derail you mid-scene when it says, “Good job. You made the CD laugh. “ So you’ve got to be cautious of the voice when it is nice to you too.



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.

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