#7 – You Aren’t Right for the Role
Dear actors, as you probably know, this is the main reason you didn’t get the job. It is perhaps obvious, but it’s important to be compassionate towards your self in a business where rejection is the rule and getting the job is the exception. There is so much that you cannot control in the casting process. The competition is so fierce and the casting process is so subjective! Read more
Nagle Jackson is the former Artistic Director the Tony award winning McCarter Theatre in Princeton and the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. He has directed regionally and on Broadway and is published playwright who’s work has been seen around the world. Jamie Horton was a principal actor at the Tony award winning Denver Center Theatre Company for over two decades. He is currently a professor of theatre at Dartmouth and will appear in Lincoln directed by Steven Spielberg. In this video they share their thoughts about the best and worst theatre actor habits with Artistic Director of the Creede Repertory Theatre, Maurice LaMee.
Actors don’t need to know everything about anything BUT they DO need to know something about everything.
The more you know, the more interesting a human being you are. Interesting people get hired more often. So, knowledge REALLY is power.
Preparing A Scene Part 1
“The Moment Before”
by: Lynn Stallings
Magic happens when your character has a full and engaging life. Have that life begin before your scene and you’ll engage the audience instantly. Have you ever watched a performance and felt like it took the actor a while to get into character? To warm up? I think most of us have. That often happens when the actor begins a scene cold….begins a scene without creating a “moment before”. In reality, our lives are ongoing. We are always coming from someplace, from some activity or event. We have thoughts or conflicts or physical conditions that affect the way we behave. If you choose a clear moment before your scene begins, then you start the scene filled with energy and momentum. You won’t need ‘warm-up’ time because that has already happened off-stage.
There is nothing more powerful or important than finding what you love to do and then actually doing it. Your child may have found that passion in the performing arts. As the parent of a “show-biz kid”, you’re embarking on an exciting and daunting adventure!