AUDITION BOOT CAMP

AUDITION BOOT CAMP

MASTER THE AUDITION

~ 10 WEEKS, 1 CLASS PER WEEK, 3 HOURS PER CLASS ~

OVERVIEW

Most actors love to act, but hate to audition. By the end of this course, not only will you learn how to master your auditions, you’ll actually begin to love auditioning. Each actor will work, individually auditioning in front of class, on camera, and participating in exercises (vocal, physical). In addition, each actor will have a chance to be evaluated by well-known casting directors and award-winning actors.

AT THE END OF THIS COURSE, YOU WILL:

  • Know how to break down material to realize the vision of the creative team.
  • Learn how to control the room.
  • Have a foolproof preparation strategy and routine.
  • Have answers to all of the questions you’ve ever had about the do’s and don’ts of auditioning.
  • Conquer audition anxiety.
  • Know how to build a character when you get the job.

SESSIONS 1 & 2: THE APPROACH

Many actors start off on the wrong foot, simply because of their relationship to auditioning – the way they conceive of the audition: it’s a nerve-wracking test you must pass. This first class will begin the process of changing the way you think about auditioning, learning to change it into something you love, (maybe even crave).   And, we begin at the beginning: with an audition. You will be given audition sides before class (at least a day). Everyone will tape an audition (and we will have it to compare to the last audition you do, the last session of class.) In these first two sessions, you will learn, explore and discuss:

  • Reorienting your thinking: It’s part of the job – an enjoyable part.
  • Your auditioning status, both as an actor and a character.
  • Your relationship to the auditors, how to think about and relate to them.
  • The audition dress code. What is appropriate? What is too much?
  • How far in advance to prepare? How much preparation?
  • Appropriate risk taking.
  • How to conquer nerves. It’s all in the approach.

SESSIONS 3 & 4: THE MATERIAL

Many actors would be great – if they only knew how to interpret material! How do you get to exactly what the writer intended and go beyond it to realize a character that is so special… they just have to give you the job. And, even if you’re not right for that part, you’re so good they have to find something for you. In this session, we explore:

  • How to read material.
  • How to break down material.
  • The 5 Ws (and one H).
  • How to make choices.
  • How to mark your script/sides. What do you write down?
  • (Does marking my script in Hi-Liter really help?)

SESSION 5: THE RESEARCH

For this session of class, you will be given an audition piece 24 hours in advance. Your job will be do the research you deem integral to the audition, and then to come to class prepared to answer the questions from your research that apply to you acting the scene. (Research may be anything from reading up on a subject to listening to some music to eating a hamburger.)

  • The artistic research.
    • How to assess what research should be done.
    • How to gauge the depth of research that should be done.
    • How to accomplish the necessary research.
  • Special skills.
    • How to undergo the use of a dialect.
    • Physical skills.
    • Physical action.
  • The Breakdown.
    • How to read a breakdown.
    • What to pay attention to.
  • THE SCRIPT
    • How do you, really, read a script.
  • THE BUSINESS RESEARCH
    • Okay, so you have the art down; do you have the business down?

SESSION 6: THE PREPARATION

In acting, as in life, preparation is everything. Prepare properly, and you are that much closer to nailing your audition. But how to prepare properly? In this session, we tackle how to construct your own preparation technique, to give you a checklist for how to properly prepare for an audition, from the physical to the psychological right on through to the practical. You’ll emerge from this session with the foundation of a preparation routine for all of your auditions.

  • The routine.
    • You get up in the morning, what do you do? How is your day constructed around your audition(s)?
      • The discipline of a pro athlete.
    • The physical warm-up.
    • The vocal warm-up.
      • Linklater’s “Freeing the Natural Voice.”
    • The psychological warm-up.

SESSION 7: THE MOMENT OF TRUTH: THE AUDITION

For this session, the only thing you’ll have to prepare is… yourself. We will work on the actual interview/meeting part of your audition, and you will come to understand all the do’s and don’ts of the audition process that you’ve always wondered about and until now have remained a murky mystery. They shall be unmasked!

  • Once you arrive at the audition, what should you do before you go into the room?
  • What is proper behavior/etiquette during the audition?
  • How do you enter the room? What do you do after you enter?
    • Do you shake hands? Hug? Do nothing? How long do you talk to them? How much personal information do you share?
  • Manipulating the physical space: how to control the room without offending.
  • What happens when you screw up? Need to start again? How do you ask for another take?
  • What do you do if somebody important leaves the room? Or if they are talking or not paying attention?

SESSION 8: THE ART OF ADJUSTMENTS

So, you have a great take on the character, and you’re an amazing actor. But, your take is different than the director’s take. And, while he/she likes you, the director wants to see if you can take direction. You get a bunch of notes, and they may not come at you in terms that you can translate into an actor’s lexicon. How do you deal? How do you become able to take any note, at any time. For this class you will be given material the night before class; but, during class, you will audition and then be given a series of adjustments.

  • You nailed the audition – and they want something different.
  • How to HEAR adjustments.
  • How to adjust without losing what you’ve worked so hard on.
  • What if their adjustments are stupid?
  • How to translate language spoken by acting-illiterates.
  • The questions: what to ask, what not to ask.
  • Navigating between being the wind-up toy and the actor with the original take.

SESSION 9: GOING BEYOND THE MATERIAL

For this class, you will be given material from which you are to prepare a wholly original take – to strive purposely for a completely original reading of the material.

  • How do you harness the one advantage you have over everyone else who will read the material: YOU.
  • Applying the techniques we’ve learned in class to making original, unique, surprising and memorable choices.
  • Beyond the audition, what can you do to leave them with a lasting impression?

SESSION 10: FROM ACTING TO BEING and BEYOND: THE FINAL AUDITION

Filling in the missing link to getting the job.

  • You’ve done all the prep work – now throw it away.
  • You will re-audition with the original scene.
  • You will be evaluated, looking at both audition pieces.
  • The final Q & A: any question you’ve ever wanted to ask, answered.