Do your homework but don’t tell us about it

Do your homework but don’t tell us about it

Do your homework but don’t tell us about it

Have you ever wondered if your banter about the character and how you’re thinking the scene should be done is actually helping or inhibiting you when you walk into the audition room?
There are two parts to this situation, so let’s break it down.  Firstly, yes, one hundred percent do your homework, do your character research and adopt the character’s thought process during the scene. This is your job as an actor and we can always tell when an actor is under prepared or when an actor has thoroughly done his or her research.  So do your job BUT just don’t tell us about it!

So why are we telling you this? Quite often an actor can come into the room really excited about the role and start telling us how he thinks the role requires this emotion at this point and how the start of the scene should be quite dry etc. Then we’re like great, let’s put one down and when he does the scene, it’s nothing like what we were expecting to see, based on what he had already told us.  Now it just gets confusing because we start wondering about the actor’s ability, because he just told us his whole thought process but didn’t pull it off. Everyone in the room then starts thinking all these other thoughts about the actor that we would never have thought if he had just come in and done the scene.

So, why set yourself up for potential disappointment? Obviously, in this case it backfires on the actor but it’s not always the case and we do always encourage actors to ask questions if they’re unsure about something. With that being said, most actors who book jobs simply come in the room, own the part and walk out- it really is as simple as that. Therefore, to some things up nicely, do your homework but just don’t tell us about it!

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