After all that hard work preparing for your auditions you’ve received the best news: you got the job! You’ve been offered a role in a production somewhere! Mission accomplished, right?
Wrong! Here’s where the work really starts. It makes no difference if you were offered the role on a pay-to-sing, amateur production, a young artist program (YAP), a summer school, a regional tour, or the Met, the preparation you do before day one of rehearsals will determine not only how well you perform this particular role, but could influence the rest of your career.
You’d be hard-pressed to find an actor that hasn’t practiced (mugged) in the mirror when prepping a role, monologue, or song. And while the mirror is a perfectly natural choice, the problem with the mirror is in the user. It’s human nature for all of us to look ‘where we want to look.’ We look at our hair, our waistline, our arms—we look at the thing we want others to see and appreciate. While in private moments we may look at what we perceive are flaws or imperfections, overall, we are looking in the mirror to find validation.
Enter the camera phone, now capable of greater video and photographic ability than ever before.
You’re a couple of months away from the start of your child’s eighth grade year. It’s summer — time for relaxing before school starts, right? Nope. Your child has decided that they want to go to a performing arts high school. So, now what? You and your child need to start your preparation now for auditions in the fall. Check out some advice from StageAgent editor and acting coach, Laura Ware.
The other day, I got on the subway and overheard a young musical theatre actor say, “Oh no, I don’t know the work of Annie Baker. Honestly, I don’t really read plays.” It took all of my strength not to walk over to this young man, shake him, and scream, “THIS IS YOUR CRAFT!!! YOU … Continue reading Actors: Do Your Homework!
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