Don’t spoil the surprise

When you go into your audition, you’ve already read the script (one would hope).

You know exactly what is going to happen. But how do you behave as though you don’t?

It’s a tricky line to walk as an actor.  You don’t want to give away the end of the scene at the beginning.

In today’s video, Lilach Mendelovich shares a simple tool to use in your audition scenes so you don’t spoil the surprise!

Check it out:

Expectation is a powerful thing in acting and in life. When you set the expectation to get something other than what happens in your audition scene, it will feel fresh, alive and spontaneous!

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  1. Such a good reminder. I have caught myself doing this, starting to react before the line was actually said by my scene partner. I love all of your blogs and advice!

  2. Wait a second. Good advice, but can you go deeper? When you “expected the opposite” in this example, what exactly were you expecting? No one would be there? Your “honey” was coming later? Were you thinking about where you thought he was? Were you thinking about him at all?

    What exactly did it mean that you were expecting the opposite in this scene example?

    • Great question, Jonathan!

      We are actually going to do a second more in depth video on this subject in the new year, but in the mean time here’s how this tip applies to the example scene:

      If the surprise is that my “honey” is home, the opposite would be to expect to have to open the door and walk into an empty house (I can’t expect him NOT to be there because you can’t really play a negative truthfully). The expectation that the house is empty and I am alone effected my behavior – I was preoccupied with my purse and keys because that’s just my normal behavior when I’m not supposed to greet anyone.
      How the expectation effects your behavior will be different from actor to actor but the one thing they will not do is walk in to frame already making eye contact with/looking for the reader.

      Hope this helps, and look out for some new blogs in 2018!

      Acting Pros Team


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