Actor Craft by David S. Hogan

I was teaching an auditioning workshop recently, and extolling the virtues of being ready for the task at hand. Being ready is key to handling the pressures of an audition. How does one get ready, you ask?

Well, first, I think that there are three major obstacles to “success” in an audition.


  • Lack of preparation.
  • Self – consciousness.
  • A focus on the result.

Now, let’s discuss:

If you sufficiently prepare you will decrease self-consiousness. Self-consciousness is the enemy of the actor. Why? Because it gets in the way of the illusion of character. When we (the casting team) see self-consciousness, we see the actor.

How does the actor PREPARE? SCENE STUDY!

  • Where am I (within the world of the scene)?
  • Who is here with me and how do I feel about them?
  • What is my relationship (feeling) to everything around me?
  • What do I want?
  • How do I…

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