April 24, 2009

Acting Tips: Viewer Response

Here's the follow-up to my audition tips post, as promised. Great feedback all around. I'm glad we can foster this community together. To the reader tips!

Hailey said ...

"... you need to rush as quickly as possible through your sides, as not to waste the director's time by having any real moments."

True. I mean the director has better things to do than audition people. Hurry it along! He probably precast the show anyway. Also, I like to not only go fast but never look up from the sides as well. Thanks for the tip, Hailey!

Emmie said ...

"When deciding between fighting against emotion and crying, always choose crying. The more you can cry during an audition piece, scene, or play, the better! Crying is very dramatic, and shows the director and audience how good you are (at crying)."Delete

Good one. Real emotional loud crying is the best in theater because even if the audience can't see your face they can hear you sobbing. And that means you are having a serious dramatic moment. And then the audience will cry too. If you can't cry, force it.

My hot wife Amelia said ...

"... actors should always go out of their way to help out in other departments, when on set. And if you ask, "Can I help you steam those curtains?" or "Can I help you carry those stingers?" and the answer comes back a hearty "NO!" then don't listen and pitch right in without hesitation."

I love this woman. Also, she is dead on. In film, everyone just shares each others' jobs. Unions be damned. Am I right? So, feel free to pick up a sandbag and move it. Just be ready for the grip to come along and tell you that your scene could be faster and have more crying.

Take care, everyone. Until next time, may you nail your auditions and not the director!