Your only limit is your “IMAGINATION.” Feed it!
When it comes to Acting, no one technique or style that fits all. There are many valid & varied options and the more tools you have in your toolbox the better.
Auditioning can be stressful for many actors. Whether a veteran or new to the profession, preparing yourself before an audition allows your confidence to grow.
Use your nervousness to your advantage…. Change your vocabulary from `nervous’ to `excited!’ The sensation in your body is the same… only our self judgement labels it’s as negative.
Keep within your `values’ – don’t be intimidated or pushed into going for any role you don’t want to do. Communicate clearly with your agent, manager and casting agent? And more importantly be honest with yourself? Don’t be afraid to `Ask’ relevant Questions. Everyone wants the best outcome.
Auditioning routine. Be curious.
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
11 Audition Questions to ask myself?
1. What is the Genre or combination of the Genres’? OCC Genre link with examples What is the log-line? Logline & Situations examples
2. What is the Story’s Style – 10 story link (Buddy Film, Action, Stranger comes to Town) Is my characters story the A,B,C or D story? What Act is the audition side in? Act 1 (set-up) Act 2 (character development) or Act 3 (Resolution)?
3. What is my Story – my Journey?
What am I literally doing? Where is my Conflict in the scene? Where am I coming from & where am I going to? 5 W’s – when, where, why, who & what?
Ask Subjectively in the first person – use ‘ I ‘. Don’t judge my character.
(a) What is actually happening to me in the scene?
(b) What do I want the other person to do? What do they want me to do? Therein lies my conflict. From the doing comes the emotion.
(c) What is my action? What is my action & objective? Action & Action Objective list
(e) Do I achieve my objective- or do they? Does my objective change because of what happens in the scene? The scene must turn to drive the plot along. What is at stake in my scene or sequence of scenes?
(f) I say and do what to them? They say or do what to me? Is my line Positive or Negative? Is their line Positive or Negative? (As you go through it – it will show you where & why you are being forced to change.)
(g) Where are my Beats, my Turning points of change in my scene…the unpredictability. Always leave the audience wanting more – not less
(h) Where is my reverse? – the power shift in my scene – that raises the stake & leaves my audience wanting to know what will happen next? Hint – At the very end – again leave the audience wanting more – not less
4. What’s my Back- story?– My self speak – my inner monologue? What perfume do you wearing. Use all you senses. What style close? How do I wear my hair? Who am I? Tri- dimensionality exercise
5. What are my ‘Flaws’? What makes me who I am? www:Psychologytoday.com What am I trying to overcome? Do I have a secret? What am I afraid of people finding out? Every moment allows me the chance to reveal & share something important about who I am.
6. Your character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water. Every line must do one of two things – reveal character or advance the action – or both. 7 AH-HA toolkit moments
7. Dare myself to experiment. Brainstorm my choices. Take risks. My conscious mind wants to be liked – so it’s going to suggest the obvious, the cliche, because it offers me security – as it’s succeeded in the past. Take the Handbrake off your Imagination. Take my mind off itself and focus on the task – allow my true creativity free reign. Brainstorm notes & thinking different
8. Memorisation Technique. 7 Step Quick Line learning Technique – to help memorise your lines
9. A,b,c of Dont – be a perfectionist.
Make a game of making mistakes – eliminate your inner critic
a. Don’t focus on yourself. Focus on the other. What am I trying to get the other person or persons to do?
b. Don’t generalise – deal in specifics and relate details that matter.
c. Don’t hold onto a moment? Let it go. Embrace the silences between moments with meaning. Share dont show.
10. Engine on & running – do a warm up – before `action’ is called. Start my scene at the last possible moment. And leave at the first possible moment. Leave the audience curious about what will happen next. Get in the zone – by listening to appropriate music – Running on the spot – dancing in your characters choice, do push up’s whatever works for you.
11. Audition time – Get out of my head. Homework is done. Time to play.
a. Focus on my action objective?
b. What do I want the other person to do?
c. Where am I coming from & where am I going to?
And have fun!