What to do when they’re not feeling you in your audition

What to do when they’re not feeling you in your audition

You busted your ass to prepare that audition you got late last night.  You stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to read the script, breakdown your scenes, and memorize your lines.

You bribed your audition test-out buddy with the promise of breakfast so you can practice and tape your audition before you meet with the casting director. You worked it until your audition was seamless and it looked amazing on tape. You drove through nightmarish stop and go ((LA) traffic for an hour to get to a location just up the street.

Even after all that, you’re optimistic about the possibilities of the project. You are ready to SLAY. Then the unexpected happens… they’re not feeling you. What do you do? You do your best in the room, graciously thank them for their time, and move on.

You are 100% responsible for what you are in control of; no more and no less. There are many factors that go into who books the job. Most of them are completely out of your control, so don’t sweat it. Do your best work, drop the mic, and walk away. If you didn’t do your best work. Assess your audition, identify where you could have improved it, and work on that issue for the next one. If you did your best work in the room, consider it a win and move on. Thank you, next!

 

To Mime Or Not To Mime

To Mime Or Not To Mime

When you get an audition scene that requires your character to eat, drink, walk through a door…how do you handle it?

Do you mime?  Do you not mime?

That is the question.

Check out today’s video for answers!

Remember, an audition is an unnatural situation to begin with.  You don’t have a set, props, wardrobe, lighting or a scene partner.  When the viewer sees you mime that coffee cup, it immediately reminds us that what we’re watching isn’t real.

Even if you do an incredible job of suggesting an invisible prop, the viewer starts to think, “Wow, she’s really great at miming.”

When you focus on suggesting the emotional reality of the scene, the viewer will focus on the power of your work, not your miming skills!

What NOT To Do In A Close Up

What NOT To Do In A Close Up

The close up shot is your chance to create intimacy with your audience. Often, the close up is the most emotionally complex aspect of a scene. This makes it powerful, but also increasingly difficult to execute effectively.

Whether you’re an experienced film actor or coming straight from theatre, your instinct to play into the emotion of your close up could have your face moving all over the place – distracting from your performance.

What makes a great close up? Check out today’s video where Wendy Davis will show you what NOT to do in close up. Stay tuned for the rest of the video to find out the 4 critical components of a powerful close up.

What NOT To Do In A Close Up

Remember these 4 principles and get ready for your close up:

  • Seamless Acting
  • Acting Listening
  • Emotional Availability
  • Maximum Exposure Of The Eyes

Leave a comment. Was this video helpful for your film acting preparation?

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Coming Soon: Los Angeles Class

How To Be Captivating In A Close Up

Our 8-week intensive with Wendy Davis will teach you “How To Be Captivating In A Close Up.”

The camera picks up everything – every nuance, every twitch, every raised eyebrow. The fact is, it’s not enough to be a good actor. To be successful in film and tv, you must also be a skilled technician. During this class series, you’ll learn how to turn the camera into your best ally.

You will learn the 4 principles to creating a powerful close up performance:

  • Maximum Exposure Of The Eyes
  • Active Listening
  • Emotional Availability
  • Seamless Acting

Not only will you learn the theory behind these 4 principles, you will practice them each week. Seeing yourself on camera is the fastest way to learn what works, and how to modify what needs work.

Classes begin April 23 with both day and night classes available. Register now!

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The Ugly Hollywood Secret

The Ugly Hollywood Secret

There’s an ugly Hollywood secret that you probably don’t know about. Watch below to get the inside skinny and take your performance to a whole new level.

This LIVE video was created by Series Regular Wendy Davis.

Click here to register for Wendy’s class, How To Be Captivating in a Close Up.

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You Have To See This! How “This Is Us Star’ Went From Theatre To Film

You Have To See This! How “This Is Us Star’ Went From Theatre To Film

Wendy recently sat down with legendary actor, Sterling K. Brown to discuss a a number of topics. Here they discuss how he went about transitioning from theatre to film.