3 Ways To Take Ownership Of Your Audition

  The tried and true process of screen tests is not going to change anytime soon. Actors prepare a character and deliver in front of a person or panel who sit in judgment. Now add the technical strait jacketing of a audition studio and you have an environment akin to a creative gulag. I have a different impression to share …

How Memorable Are You?

Share this Post I had an actress in for a go-see recently, gorgeous, blonde, 20s, caucasian. She was having issues because the last role she played was ‘Party Girl 3’ and prior to that ‘Danny’s Girlfriend’. She was playing all these nondescript roles. The point I’m trying to make is – how memorable are you? Memorable you say? Well I’m …

Do You Have The Courage To Be Imperfect?

Share this Post I’ve just been searching this quote that I heard on a TED talk or something like that. Now it’s credited to so many people. I’m not going to take claim for it, but I am going to say: ‘Have the courage to be imperfect’ Does Jim Carrey strive for perfection in his performances? Kristen Wiig? Rebel Wilson? …

Why Should You Be Practicing Your Self Test Technique?

Share this Post Four or five years ago, casting directors would ask specific actors to audition. If they weren’t available to audition they would say ‘I can do a self test for you’. So the casting director would get them to self test. What’s happening these days? These days we start by asking for self tests. We know the self …

Delivering Your Version Of The Character

Share this Post I’ve spoken here before about pilot season or in fact any audition session that with self testing they can now see a LOT more people. So what is going to be the difference between your audition ad somebody else’s audition? Because at the moment what you’re trying to do is get those sides exactly right. Exactly what …

Moments Of Spontaneity In Auditions

Share this Post You know when you’re in a workshop and you’re doing your piece and there’s a distraction, something happens, but you keep going in the scene. There was that little interlude in the middle where you weren’t focused on the character and the character’s journey. Something distracted you and a spontaneous moment was created. How often after the …

How To Be A Smarter Actor

Share this Post I’ve spoken in the past about individuality and many of you now and going to say ‘he’s not banging on about individuality again is he?’ well no, but what I want to explain to you is what is your strong suit as an actor? What are the qualities that brand you as an actor? The point is …

Actors: Make A Decision, Then Do The Opposite!

Share this Post I’m a bit of a Michael Shurtleff fan, he wrote Audition. One of the things he says to actors is ‘whatever you decide is your motivation in a scene, the opposite of that is also true and should be in the scene’. Your drama training tells you to make decisions doesn’t it? In fact I’m betting with …

When Are You In Front Of A Camera?

Share this Post When are you in front of a camera? Here I am in front of a camera and I can explore and I can experiment and hey I’m pretty good at doing things in one take but sometimes I need a few takes. Let’s think about you and your journey. When are you in front of a camera? …

How Do You Connect To The Frame In Your Auditions?

Share this Post I think all drama training is always about how the character is connected to the text. Because the text gives you all the clues. But the thing about auditioning and screen tests is that it’s about the delivery. The delivery is the communication to the decision makers. Therefore at the Self Taping School, here at The Audition …