HOW TO

1. Consider your upfront investments Your agent will always advise you, but be prepared for possible initial outlay prior to taking up contracts, for things such as...

1. Read the brief – then read it again Auditioning for a period project is just like auditioning for anything else. The casting director will be...

1. It’s a big country A large proportion of casting will ask for ‘general American’. Within general American there can be differences influenced by regionalisms, ethnicity...

1. Telling the story First and foremost, direct the story with clarity, energy and freshness. Without a story, there is no pantomime. I want to ensure...

1. Be holistic A good sound design is more than a series of sound effects. It should feel complete and make sense as a whole....

1. Be crystal clear about your objectives Decide, before you leave home, what it is you want to achieve from the event: to talk to X,...

1. Listen and stay ‘alive’ The work Gerel Falconer and I do in our two-hander Merryville is often heavily rapped and set to an electric beat...

1. Bring the character alive Whatever the period or style of the audition piece, you should show that you possess the language, making the words and...

1. Use positive body language Actors are very sensitive to body language; it’s part of their training. Whether you’re in rehearsals or auditions, there’s no better...

1. Keep connected Stay well-connected to the industry, keeping up to date with what is happening in your local area and beyond. Nowadays, this is easily...

1. Learn how to teach Maybe you’re an actor, or you’ve just finished a degree in drama. Whether or not you have experience with children, if...

1. Keep your diet ‘en pointe’ When your diet goes downhill on tour it is sure that your endurance, concentration and conditioning will go the same...
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