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F.A.Q. for Actors
Frequently Asked Questions for Actors
What is acting?
Acting is playing. Remember when you were a child and you played cops and robbers or house or acted like your favorite superhero? You were acting. Actors become completely absorbed in the characters they play, just as children do when they play. While there are many schools of technique available to hone an actor’s craft, the essence of acting is the same: You are portraying a life. Your job is to convince your audience that you are the person you are playing. It’s a natural process. Just look how easily it came to you as a child!
What kinda of experience do I need as an actor?
Any kind of life experience can benefit your acting talent as long as you learn from it. While you need solid, tangible roles and training to build your resume, any project that you undertake that helps you reflect on yourself can be considered a victory. There’s no substitute for work experience and training, but life experience adds the seasoning that makes a better actor. Pay attention to all that happens in your life — good and bad. Living your life fully and with open eyes will make any role you play richer and more real.
How do I dress for an audition?
When dressing for auditions, keep in mind the role you’re auditioning for. There’s no need to go all out and wear full costume, but dress with the essence of the character. If you’re auditioning for the role of a young suburban mother, you may wear a nice twinset and slacks or a skirt. For a business man role, you might wear a suit or at least a sports coat. If your audition is a screen test, steer clear of wearing white, as it washes you out. The best color for screen is a medium blue. Remember the audition is to showcase your acting talent, not your wardrobe (they hire people for that!).
How should i should i go in to an audition room if i am nervous
Chances are that you will feel some level of nervous energy before every audition; it is normal. The best way to work WITH that energy is to focus on what you are doing in the audition, focus on the choices that you have made for the script you have been presented. Be conscious of your breathing and concentrate on the opening beat. Make a strong choice for the moment before and then trust your training to take over. Nervousness has more to do with your prior preparation than with anything else. Assuming you have taken a terrific acting class and have built your acting foundation, you should be in a good place to audition. Your nervous energy will lessen with each audition.