We get auditions that ask us to drive, fight, fall down, kiss, & so many more physical challenges.
I often see actors get confused & half commit to it because they're scared of looking silly or just simply don't know how to approach these things simply & clearly.
The short answer is:
If you get punched in the face, how would you react/feel in your body in real life? You can't moan or half grunt to "pretend" it's happening, that's when we feel silly & inauthentic. You have to commit fully to the physical reaction.
Watch a fight scene & see how truthfully the actors put their whole body into it.
Now a way to simplify our physical work in auditions is to:
Adjust the physicality by 50%
So if you're supposed to fall to the ground (you'll fall out of frame if you do that) then just fall halfway back against the wall or backdrop.
We'll dive deep into all of this at the Self-Tape Workshop: Physicality on Saturday, April 15th on Zoom. No...
Do you ever find yourself lost in the desert of 2nd takes? I liked this picture because it feels like we have to search so hard when Casting asks for a 2nd take in our Self-Tapes.
1 way is by making an opposite emotional choice from what is obvious on the page.
For instance, if there are multiple capital letters & exclamation points, you might instinctually start yelling & feeling physically alive. That can absoutely work.
But not everyone who becomes upset in life raises their voice & gets aggresive. Some people get very quiet & calculated. So you could do another take where it's the same circumstance, but you're iginiting your inner life instead of your outer life, delivering the dialogue in a very quiet & grounded way.
There are multiple ways of finding 2nd takes & it's not something we should stress over as actors. I'll teach you a few more ways at our $22 2 Takes in 2 Seconds Workshop Saturday, Feb 11th on Zoom.
And if 1-day Workshops are your...
There is a simpler way to break down 2-3 page Film/TV sides. We'll dive deep into that at our Script Analysis Workshop Sat, November 5th 1 pm/EST, 10 am/PST.
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