I marvel at how actors can prepare for auditions at the last minute. It takes a certain skill set to disseminate the breakdown, read the script, if offered, prepare the material, and deliver a personalized and thoughtful performance in the audition room or through a self-tape. I’ll offer observations on both.
There is an actor I tape from time to time. She has appeared as a series regular, recurred on several familiar shows, and has tested for countless projects. Whenever I work with her it’s very last minute, usually due the same day, and she has just had the day or evening prior to review the material. She usually tapes it in one shot, and books the role. She’s a one-take wonder. But what does she do?
1. Her confidence is palpable. She’s clear and focused on the performance at hand.
2. There is very clear sense what she wants from the other character, and it is undeniable she will get it.
3. She draws the camera to her read, as if it is listening in on a juicy secret.
During recent casting, the actors I brought back to producers and those who ultimately booked their roles had certain qualities in common. CLICK HERE for specifics on how each of these actors booked the room in one take! – Backstage
Chemistry is the complex emotional or psychological interaction between two people. If this were a romantic article, it would be about love. Instead, we are discussing the astonishing rapport between two actors, and how that connection is achieved in order to book the room, and ultimately, the role.
A chemistry read is an opportunity to read with actors being considered for a role opposite yours, usually lead roles. The main purpose is to see how you instinctively connect and work with the other actor. But before you meet that opportunity, the casting director needs to see that potential. Please CLICK HERE to continue this read and to get tips on…
One year ago these talented Seniors were summoned to their 6th Floor conference room for a meet & greet with me to begin the discussion of how to prepare for the bridge from their amazing theatre program into our film/TV industry. They’ve done GREAT work during their 3 week session Los Angeles Intensive and now NY gets to see what LA already know. I couldn’t be prouder of you all! Break legs and go be amazing!!! xo
The Tribeca Film Festival was a whirlwind of fast-paced excitement, humble filmmakers and talented actors sharing their great work.
For the list of winners click TFF
Supporting red carpet diva Carla Renata. Behind the scenes is no joke! www.carlarenatascorner.com
@BarbieStyle on the red carpet
One of several high spirited parties celebrating women film makers
Here’s an excerpt of my latest Backstage article…
A well-trained actor is clear on preparing for their audition, brings a certain focus and energy to the room, and shares a personal point of view based on research and materials provided to their read.
These actors are flexible and resilient in their choices because throughout the casting process, adjustments with the script and character may change the vision and description initially provided with the audition materials. The part of the audition where it is most evident how material has been prepared, or where we see how precious you are about your choices is in the redirect.
The redirect, or direction given by casting following your initial read, is an opportunity to collaborate with the audition room. There are as many scenarios as there are casting directors. I will suggest three you may run into, how to adjust them, and why the redirect is so important to your bookings…
So what did you do over the holidays…?
I was honored to be teaching with some extremely talented colleagues collaborating with Astra Films and Kultburo in Moscow, Russia. No, it wasn’t that cold- it was ski time weather- PERFECT! Discussion included casting and auditioning in America, and how to prepare to work in the US. I loved our interaction during our one on one and small group coaching and exercises geared to prepare for feature auditions, the audition room, on-camera technique and how to interview. Enjoy the pictures…
One of MANY classes
Father Christmas covered with coin wishes
Team USA – Cathy Sandrich Gelfond, Me, Darren Boghosian, Kate Lacey
CASTING BY Premieres TONIGHT – HBO 9pm. This engaging film shines a spotlight on casting and casting directors. Everything you ever wanted to know about what we do and how it came about. PLEASE WATCH IT!!!