The dentist chair is a wonderful place to consider what sort of performance to deliver for your next audition. I had the great fortune to undergo a tooth extraction the other day, and while I was looking at the TV screen in the ceiling – oh yes, it was an expensive dentist – the soothing sound of the drill in my ears, I just so happened to be watching an episode of a prime time TV series.
It was the type of series that screens at two o’clock in the afternoon, one where everyone has flawless skin and perfect teeth. You know the one.
I could not hear a word they were saying… but thankfully I still knew exactly what the story was thanks to the performance style that was delivered. The actors feelings were telegraphed. The words were not necessary because they were all so obvious in their performance choices.
‘Be obvious’ – the correct method for many daytime TV performances.
Do not use this technique in the audition space!
If everyone arrives prepared to be obvious, chances are, we will become very bored, very quickly. Always remember that come audition time, we are seeing the same lines again and again, and when watching the same pauses, the same inflections… it becomes far too easy for casting directors to switch off.
Although it may be as scary and uncomfortable as a trip to the dentist – keep in mind that the best approach for an audition, is to take risks.