“Should I sit, or should I stand?” That is NOT the question…

shutterstock_108474779When preparing your audition have you ever wondered, “Should I sit or stand?”

We run our acting workshops like a casting session, with actors coming in one at a time. This question comes up a lot.

It’s the inspiration for today’s video.

Should I sit or stand is a good question. But it doesn’t go far enough.

The audition chair is your friend. In fact, if you know how to work that chair to your advantage, it can become a thing of magic.

See what we mean in today’s video.

The Magic Chair

An audition is an unnatural circumstance. You don’t have the benefit of a real location, wardrobe, or other actors. Your job is to use all resources available to you to create the illusion of a fully lived out reality.

The chair is your friend in this endeavor. It can be a desk, a bar stool, a car, your couch…

Using the chair to create an imaginary location will add another layer of depth and reality to your audition.

It really is a tool of magic!

Leave a comment. Did this help you think about the audition room in a different way?

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14 Comments

  1. I luv this,great,great tips indeed!
    Never would of thought a chair could have so many “faces”?!
    Going to memorize these for sure.

    Thank you Wendy

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    • You’re welcome Rosie!
      xoxo

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  2. Love your videos, I’m sharing them with my students here in the UK. Really short, easy to follow and a lot of fun to watch. Thanks for making them!

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    • Thanks so much for sharing them, Debbie! Excited to know our videos have made it across the pond 🙂

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  3. Excellent! I’ve been asking myself this question for two days as I prepare for a lead role in an independent feature. Question: If a chair is off to the side in the rooom, and the CD is obviously anticipating a standing read, is it cool to request to sit?

    Thanks,

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    • Great question, Guy. Definitely ask – your audition is worth it! I would suggest rehearse it both (or multiple) ways so you aren’t thrown off if sitting isn’t possible. Break a leg!

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  4. You acted the heck out of that chair- I love it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  5. Wow, Loved this Wendy, and love your bloopers at the end.

    Thank you so much,
    Cylinda McAlister

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  6. Hi, Wendy,
    I was Really impressed with this demonstration. Great job!
    I watched it several times because of the incredible variety you showed and a few more just to see Charlie again. : )
    Omg, he is SO cute!!
    Thanks!
    Annie B.

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  7. Wow. Way to use that chair!!! Also love the music so fun! I will remember this. You ladies are terrific! thanks! Great tip!

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  8. Wendy, GREAT simple and valuable examples on how to use a chair as part of your scene experience.
    Thanks for those great examples. And, is that adorable dog “the” Charlie? He is soooo cute.
    🙂
    Mary

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    • That’s THE Charlie 🙂

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  9. Love this…who would have known a chair could be so functional! And I thought it was just for sitting or changing a light bulb!

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