There’s so much myth and mystique about the auditioning process. Tricks that actors feel they need to pull off, rules that are supposed to be followed.
So what’s the number one, Top Audition Secret?
The bottom line and key to auditioning is simply GOOD ACTING. That’s it! Good Acting is what the casting director, producers and director are looking for.
In the auditioning room, let go of all the work, trust that the work will be retained, focus on your SCENE OBJECTIVE so that you have a forward motion and through-line. Let the words and behavior flow naturally, spontaneously.
Don’t just pick up the cues. The behavior is more important than the words, it will, in fact, drive the words. If you pick up the cues too quickly you’re not allowing for the natural thought process it takes to sort out what you’ve just heard. Spoken interchange goes like this: First, you listen. Then you take it in and respond internally. Then you figure out how you want to respond to what was said (or done). And then, and only then, do we speak. If you’re in such a hurry to get to the words, behavior can’t happen. Take your time.
I can’t tell you how many instances a student booked a role from an audition with the comments from the director or producer that he or she was the only one that brought physical behavior to the audition and that’s the reason they got cast. Unless you’re playing someone who can’t move due to illness or incapacity, don’t just sit in the casting chair. Own the room by working the room. This doesn’t mean in any way hurt or destroy or even move the casting’s paraphernalia or furniture, but by all means be comfortable in the space.
Don’t try to prove what a good actor you are, just do the work – with blinders on, endow the person reading with you with your SUBSTITUTION and go after your SCENE OBJECTIVE, letting all the script analysis’ inner work that you’ve done, naturally and effortlessly, emerge. It will help you live and become the character with a goal, which is what they want to see.
The Chubbuck Technique taught at the Ivana Chubbuck Youth Studio provides a blueprint to breaking down a character that is used by professional actors of all ages. After using the Chubbuck Technique to work on an audition, you can enter the room with the utmost confidence.
Thanks to Contributor: Claire Chubbuck, of Ivana Chubbuck Youth.
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