As you begin to dig into your sides for class, below are some thoughts to keep in mind:
Ask yourself why did casting pick these particular scenes to use to audition actors for this project?
They have a reason for why they have chosen the particular scene(s). Try to get to the root. My guess is that it’s a test of their story, the key moments for the characters and their personalities. These moments mirror the arc of the full script.
Try to ask yourself:
* What is the STORY of the scene? What is the ARC, of both the full script AND the audition sides?
* What is the style or genre?
* Where does each scene take place in the overall story?
* What is EACH SCENE about in relation to, AND independent of, each other? How do they contribute to the overall story?
Once you have a firm grasp on what story is being told in your selected sides, you will have a better understanding of how to prepare to deliver that story.
Think giving a ‘clean slate’ in your commercial auditions is the easiest thing in the world? Think again. Full article below this sneak peek:
“… your slate should grab the clients [CUZ IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FUCKING CLIENT!!!], ensuring they’ll actually watch your audition. Seriously, do you think they take hours out of their day to watch every single audition? You have to hook them with your slate first.”
Clean Slate:Tips for Slating in Your Commercial Auditions – Full Article
Great read. Full article in the link below this sneak peek:
The 7 C’s of Auditioning
* CONFIDENCE *
If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will. The audition starts the moment you walk into the room, so find a way to be relaxed, and project unshakeable confidence. If you don’t have it, fake it. This is all about body language and eye contact, so walk into the room with your head up, shoulders back, with total focus and relaxation. It’s the kind of confidence that makes people trust you, and allows them to feel they can put you on set or on stage tomorrow and you will be fine and not waste their time. You are prepared, know your job in the scene, your lines, and believe in the circumstances. Even if you are freaking out inside, you have to “act” like a confident person. (You are an actor, right?)
* CHARACTER *
* CONFLICT *
* CONCENTRATION *
* CONNECTION *
* CLARITY *
* CHARISMA *
The 7 C’s of Auditioning – Full Article
“We are in the new Wild West and we are pioneers. It’s survival of the awesomest at this point. Actors who refuse to self-produce are quickly becoming invisible. Bitter actors who believe they’ve been here ‘X’ amount of time and therefore deserve ‘Y’ amount of success are dinosaurs… Yes, you could drive or bus or train across the country, but what’s the value in sitting around bitching about the people who choose to fly getting there faster? There is no value in that.” – Bonnie Gillespie
Here is a nice lil’ article I found with some basics on how to give a ‘clean slate’ in your commercial auditions! Think it’s the easiest thing in the world? Think again…
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