This is a study guide to share with students who are serious about pursuing careers in the performing arts. I have provided for you a guide for what I feel are the most important things an actor should concentrate on before an audition. The questionnaire provided is thorough and covers many aspects of the piece: the characters, the plot, the time period and the circumstances. Many thought provoking questions to be answered by the actors/actresses.
In theater, at auditions- very often the full script of the play is available to the actor, unless it’s a new work. In film and television this is not often the norm. This guide is a way to create a full “play” , so to speak, for the actor to use before any audition.
The questions and motivating factors provided in the guide can make all the difference at an audition. From my years casting actors in Los Angeles, it was evident that an actor’s full understanding of the circumstances of the scene and an individuality coming through naturally, would prompt many a callback, as long as the actor was “right” for a role. If not, the actor would be remembered as a competent and interesting performer for future auditions.
I call it auditioning magic.
Provided is a description for the teacher, an introduction with content to be discussed with the class and a printable study guide to be used as a hand out.
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