Why did the chicken cross the road?
To get to…the middle of the road.
No. That’s not how the saying goes.
(And as an expert in owning chickens – yes you read that right, I can confidently say that chickens are perfectly happy hanging out in the barn).
Unfortunately, many actors craft auditions that only get them to the middle of the road.
But a middle of the road performance does not book you the job!
How does a middle-of-the-road audition happen?
Strong choices come from a strong understanding of the material. If you don’t understand the script you are about to perform, how can you make a strong choice? A good writer has left clues in everything that appears on the page.
Not personalizing it
A strong choice gets stronger when you can personalize it. We want to see choices that have been so personalized, you come across as though you are living the material, right now. When you do not personalize the material, you only come across as an actor.
Not Fully Committing
This can also be a symptom of not making a strong choice, or not committing to one choice. If you’re waffling between one choice or another in your audition, it reads like middle of the road.
Many actors don’t commit fully in their choices because they are “afraid of going to far” or “being too big.” It’s important that you test out just how far you can go in an audition (before you get into the room of course) so that your work doesn’t fall flat (aka middle of the road).
Not Creating A Strong Relationship
The most important relationship is with the person you’re in a scene with. If that relationship doesn’t have the ring of truth, your audition will feel middle of the road. When you’re beginning to craft your relationship, be specific so that you are emotionally affected.
“She’s my sister” is general. “She’s my older sister that I feel the need to prove I am better than” is a much more specific relationship.
When you do the work to make each scene you play deeply personal, with specific relationships that have an emotional affect on you, you will go past the middle of the road audition to get to the other side!