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Explore in Your Audition and 4 Other Tips

Explore in Your Audition and 4 Other Tips
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Need a little inspiration? Our Backstage Experts are full of amazing advice to help move your career forward, and we wouldn’t want you to miss one drop of it. Here are five tips to keep in mind during the week ahead!

Quickly determine your “type.”
“We’re all types. Humanity in general (and the business specifically) is going to reduce you and type you. That’s what it does. People feel so much more comfortable putting others into categories—labeling them, marginalizing them. So the business is going to say you’re too big, or you’re not big enough; you’re Asian, you’re not Asian enough; you’re too pretty, you’re too ethnic, you’re too green, you’re too old, etc., and on it goes. Your job is to quickly figure out your type, not so that you can limit yourself or be defined by it, but so that you can find your way into a career that is going to do that to you regardless.” —Anthony Meindl

Determine your motivation for a voiceover gig.
“Every brand has a mission. The motivation behind your performance should sound as if you worked there or are familiar with the product or service offering. Your voice, as the late, great Don LaFontaine would agree, is a vehicle for the words. For best results, really dig into the script to determine who you are (your role as narrator, presenter, etc.), who the audience is, and why what you’re saying should matter to those hearing the message.” —Stephanie Ciccarelli

Explore in your auditions.
“What a great time to be auditioning! Far from the days when cold-reads were king, you have time to prepare. A day, a night—amazing! You get to be an actor, you get to explore. Actors tend to skate a bit too much on the surface in their auditions, saving the more intense “acting” work for the role. Why? If you don’t dig deep for the audition, you’ll never get the role. You’re an actor who is auditioning, so ask questions!” —Craig Wallace 

Know your child actor will be in an adult business.
“ If your child books a Broadway show or a national tour, they are entering an adult world with adult situations. The parent of a working child must make it a priority to instill both proper values and a sense of self-worth that allows the child actor to successfully adjust to an adult working environment. Stressing what is right versus wrong will go a long way in guiding them through some difficult situations.” —Jessica Rofé

Use play as an acting tool.
By using play as an acting tool, we can discover ways of expressing things that are not limited by our adult thinking. You may find yourself laughing at an inopportune moment, or glaring at someone with heat, or effortlessly flying around in front of a green screen. Games are the essence of acting. The pioneer of improvisational acting, Viola Spolin, who developed a way of training actors through play and games, said, “When the rational mind is shut off, we have the possibility of intuition.” —Rob Adler

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