30 Seconds To Impress Me
I have to say, wasting time is insulting to yourself and even more so for those you are working with. Never waste time, in anything that you do. But in this case when it comes to your passion, something that interests you or you’ve dreamt about…acting. If you take the time to get somewhere and you took the time to book the appointment, get there on time and do what you’ve said you were going to do. Walk through the door, introduce yourself, get to work as if you only have 30 seconds to impress me not thirty minutes, not two hours, 30 seconds. This is huge for you as an actor! Directors will sense you within those seconds and pay attention.
I cannot believe people who actually arrive unprepared, lines aren’t memorized, characters are unknown to them and they just get up there and waste my time and waste their own time.
I spent two hours with a young lady as…well at the start, I thought she’d be worth it, but minutes in I realized she wasn’t but continued through as I needed the footage of the male she was reading with. This female actress drove four hours and came in unprepared, she did not have the lines memorized and stated clearly “I wish I had these memorized.” I stayed silent, the voice in my head saying ‘You think…you wish!? I wish!’ I drove forty minutes to meet an actress who had the script for two weeks and hadn’t memorized any of the lines. I followed through as I wasn’t going home ‘empty handed’ so to speak.
By the end of the day myself and the other actors became acting teachers. Honestly it was pulling teeth, exhausting lol. I pulled the actress aside to figure out what was going on as maybe it was a ‘head’ thing. But after I had done so I realized she didn’t want this role anymore. She wasn’t in to win and didn’t push herself to connect with it. She clearly knew this but ignored it.
Which brought me to this blog to help you guys willing to take lessons from us directors. As this actress came through the doors at 20% started working at 10% dropped to 5% to 0% then to 70% to 60% she was all over the place. Regardless of what happens when you arrive, you have agreed to be here, you wear the title ‘actor’ and need to act like it. Do everything at the best of your ability, it’s huge! I take note of those things, I decide who has the role by such things. But when you are given access to a story, a script, other actors and a full on experience and 2 hours of tips you get your damn head in the game, remember your agreement, your responsibility and get to work. You don’t like the hard work that comes with work then get the heck out. Work hard, I’ll reward you and life will reward you. 30 seconds to impress me, get in the game.