I know it can be tempting, but you don’t want to get on a director’s bad side.
You got the part, right? They like you, so you’re fine..a little direction here and there ain’t gonna hurt ya. In fact, that’s what directors do; they direct.
The important thing is to keep your ego in check and…always…always listen to the director.
You don’t want to develop a reputation of being arrogant and hard to deal with on the set. Word will get around quickly and next thing you know you’re blackballed. Seriously. Happens all the time.
You’ve got to swallow your pride if the director doesn’t agree with your choices, and yeah I know, some directors are rude and egotistical, and controlling, but you’re gonna have to let it ride until the next role.
There are many directors you’ll enjoy working with — just keep your cool. Keep a good reputation in the business and you’ll go far.
Here’s a one-minute video from casting director G. Charles Wright giving out a few audition tips for aspiring actors.
In case you’re wondering — we did a little research on Wright and he’s legit — check out his credits here at IMDB.com. He’s a casting director for television shows like Anger Management, That ’70′s Show and The Middle.
In the video below, Wright says it’s best to approach an audition like you would a script; asking character questions such as what your character wants in a scene…what does he/she hope to accomplish before the scene is over. It’s also good to ask what’s at stake for your character if he or she doesn’t get what they want?, etc.
The bottom line is that you can’t be lazy. If you’re gonna be a professional actor you must put in the character work. The more you know about your character’s wants, needs and desires, the better you’ll be able to pull off the role.
It’s not as hard as you think..check out the video. The video was created by ExploreTalent.com– they’re pretty cool too, and they’re one of our sponsors.
Memorizing your lines can be done by repeating them by yourself, rehearsing with fellow actors and listening to your own recordings. Learn a few memorization tricks with advice from experienced stage and screen actress Jennifer Rae in this free video on acting.
Expert: Jennifer Rae Bio: Jennifer Rae is an Equity actor, who has been involved in all aspects of acting (theatre and screen) for more than 20 years.
Filmmaker: Tyler Bourns