Acting is more of a skill than a talent. It is a life skill, required for survival. Acting is done as two types - one acting in life and the other, acting as performance. Acting in life is done by almost every human being in one way or the other. People play different roles in everyday life. Sometimes people also change their character to suit a situation or portray a certain personality for a certain purpose. This kind of acting comes naturally and people sometimes can act very convincingly and also stay in a certain role or change character for a long period of time. This acting is seldom taken notice as acting and people think it is as just a part of everyday behavior.
But it is acting professionally or as a performance for an artificial need or entertainment is what we normally call as acting. In this kind of acting, a person changes his character and behavior to portray some other character on purpose of depicting a story or relating a narrative. In this kind of acting, the actor does the performance only for the sake of deliberately portraying a character or for playing the role, within the limits and expectations of a narrative or a storyline. In this kind of acting the actor does not change his personal character and even the people who watch the performance are able to make the difference between the character in the depiction and the real character of the actor. This way the acting for performance can be understood as deliberate acting.
This deliberate acting or acting for performance can be achieved with training, exposure and also experience. It is seldom an inborn talent. This should explain why the children or directors, producers and actors end up as actors. They start acting as if acting is a hereditary talent, whereas it is not. It only proves that anyone can act and act well if there is right mentoring, guidance and training. Some of these actors go to acting schools, not to learn acting, but to improve their acting skills. It is like this - Most people have a sense of humor, but people will not know how to tell the right joke to the right audience. Training and mentoring does that. It given finesse to the skill by making the amateur a professional who can perform on demand.
Hence, it is extremely important that people who aspire to become actors, train under the right people in the right institute. The right people and the right institute are the catch words because the right people are the people who have gone through training themselves, and have some essential experience in theatre as well and the right institute would be an institute of credibility, respectability and repute.
Keep this in mind and go ahead. Reach the limelight and shine!!
An article from Ms Sudha Lakkshmi - a leading Casting Director based in Bangalore
AUDITION CALL??? – Oh shucks!!!! I’ve been asked to audition!!... Oh god. What should I do now? Hey take a CHILL PILL
Now take that precious 2 minutes to read below
So, now that you have been called to give an Audition?
Congrats on the 1 st Baby step you have taken – BE CONFIDENT
I have outlined the procedures that ONE needs to follow Step by Step to help you understand What an Audition is all about & how YOU as an actor need to prepare to DELIVER
Getting Ready: These are basic points that you need to Write down OR Ask
Once you have this above information in hand, NOW let’s prepare you
- Stand in front of the Mirror. Relax yourself, calm your mind.
- Smile wildly into the Mirror, a few poses of MR Bean will RELAX you
- Start talking to the Mirror as if you were a mental. Now, you are slowly getting into Character.
- Say the Script lines into the Mirror. React into the Mirror. Do you like what you see? NO! React into the Mirror again. Do you like what you see? Ah I can do much better than this? Try again, now am sure you got the CATCH & FEEL of it.
- Move out of the Mirror. Say the dialogues & express it the way you want it to be out loudly. Do it once, twice, thrice. Remember Practise makes HUMAN perfect.
- Enact the script once, ASSUMING you have someone in front of you. This is what we call GHOST ASSUMPTION.
- Now that its video recorded, play it once and see. You can do it again better right?
- Do it once more. Keep repeating this two more times. So now that you have a hang of it. You can always delete the videos.
This is a Situation, where, you do not get the script in advance. You are given the scenario and dialogue or script at the last moment on the spot.
In such situations, ASK for TIME to prepare. ASKING to understand what you need to act is more important. So ask, about the character, scenario, what is the relevance / context of the scene, whom are you talking to etc. What levels of expressions are required – as in Aggressive, Humorous, Fear, Sad? The more details you have, makes it easy for you.
Go thru the scene in your head – once, twice, thrice. U got an idea. Try enacting it out once without going in for the FINAL TAKE. This is what we call as – MONITORING. Enact it out a 2nd & 3 rd time. By the 3 rd practise, you are Confident. Let’s go for the take. Remember the more you Practise the more better you become.
The 1 st time should NEVER BE the LAST TIME. So you can always IMPROVISE on your previous attempt AND give VARIATIONS.
- Be confident & relaxed.
- Give importance to: Dialogue delivery, Timing, What you are wearing, To the person who has called you to audition and IMPORTANT of all, BE yourself. Don’t be too over confident.
All the best