A most interesting day.
Started out with Part II of a quickie Acting for the Camera class. Mainly concentrating on audition pointers, but we do work real commercials.
Nailed it pretty good today, as I did last week. But what makes it even more interesting is when the teacher then changes the scenario. Not just a straight-forward memorized spot for the camera...but lets pull out a table (or chair), add a couple of props, maybe do something with your glasses. Discover it can easily throw the lines out of whack!
Acting for the Camera is totally different than the stage. And it takes work. When you do the camera stuff, it is now. No redos. No second thoughts. What you do is what the person who is casting you sees. You need to make an immediate impression.
And the cold reads. Still have work to do on cold reads.
Which brings me to stop one of the afternoon. A film audition. Read for three parts, and the casting director had me read one part three different ways for the spot. Great opportunity to show off direction and range. What was enjoyable was the question and answer session to get a person relaxed and comfortable. I think every old Caucasian in town will be reading for one of the parts, which is only 6 lines.
Somehow, I seemed to have a terrible time with audition #2. I love Shakespeare. Yet my monologue (which you can see filmed here) was totally off. I read from a play I have yet to ever read by the Bard. Think I was quite horrible. But, who knows. It is a highly interesting project by a local group, doing monthly staged readings of the works of Shakespeare. A great way to share the words of ol' William without mounting full productions.
Audition #3 today was back for the stage. Like many an audition, it was running late. Nearly an hour late! But I felt strong, confident. Did my "One Minute" Bad Actor audition and it worked for the two in the audience. Felt like I hit ALL the spots right. It's a strange piece -- kinda farcical, more vaudeville comedy than straight, and it can catch a director unawares if they've been sitting thru extensive serious monologues for a few hours. After my minute, got to read a side, and it was fun.
Long day. Words, words, words!
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