Today, I will be talking about table reads.
So, what is a table read? A table read is defined as an organized reading around a table where speaking parts are conducted.
The first table read starts before filming begins. It is an essential part to the script and allows the writers to sharpen and tune in on the dialogue as well as make screenwriting adjustments.
The table read is useful so the creative team can hear how it plays. For example, reading it aloud can help to see if a punch line in the dialogue is actually comedic. Otherwise, it can be changed to actually be funny.
The first table read allows the actors to read the script for the first time rather than just jumping straight into filming. They can gain insight on their character and the role they play in the film.
Overall, a table read is an important part of pre-production and is very useful for the whole production. Some argue it is just as important as an audition and actors can get fired at a table read if they aren’t reading loud enough or putting their full performance into effect.
Many film actors have to record a self-tape audition for a role. A self-tape audition is an audition that an actor films on their own to submit remotely.
It is requested by a casting director and they will give you information about your role such as the sides, instructions and deadlines but it is up to you to film it, edit it and turn it in on time to them. So, how do you do this?
Here are the steps on how to:
Step 1: Get the materials you will need.
– Tripod or a stack of books to set up your phone.
– Good lighting. A window works for this.
– A reader. Sometimes this is required, other times it is not.
– A phone to film and something to edit your work with. This could be what comes with your electronic device.
Step 2: Set up.
Set up your tripod and adjust your camera. The frame should be from just above your head to right above your hips. Make sure you can hear yourself and see yourself clearly before filming. If you are using a reader tell them to take a couple steps away from where the camera is setup. The reader should not be seen and should never be louder than the actor.
Step 3: Start filming.
Start filming your sides. Normally, you should be off-book and have your lines memorized. Try filming it a couple times to get the best results. Never look at the camera while filming the sides. Instead imagine a person to the side but right behind the camera. If there is a reader, look at the reader. Make sure your face is seen. Only look directly at the camera when you film the slate.
Step 4: Edit.
Once you are done filming start to edit your video. I usually edit on my computer with the photos video editor that came with the computer. Edit out any bloopers or messups and then save the video. After that, submit it.
You have filmed your self-tape audition. Good luck! I hope you get the part.
Today, I will show you how to control and overcome stage fright.
Stage fright is not an easy thing and can be very frightening. Stage fright symptoms include a racing pulse, rapid breathing, sweaty hands, trembiling of hands, knees, lips, and voice, dry mouth, nausea and an uneasy feeling in your stomach.
This is very serious and can seriously affect someone. So here are 6 steps to overcome stage fright:
- Choose a goal.
The first step in overcoming stage fright is having your goal in mind. Whether it is a speech or a performance you want to have a clear intention about what you want to tell the audience. Try not to let your thoughts scatter and focus on that goal.
- Pick a focal point.
When you walk onto that stage, pick a focal point to send all your nervous energy towards. Stage fright is all a mental game. When you choose a focal point you are tricking your mind into thinking that you have let go of all your anxiety.
- Breathe intentfully.
When you are nervous your breathing tends to get out of hand without you realizing it. The anxiety you are having is affecting your breathing and when you are nervous your breath tends to get faster and shallower. This is what you DON’T want to happen. Instead, breathe intentfully and allow a pause inbetween your sentences to focus on your breath. This will really help to get rid of your nerves.
- Release muscle tension.
When you get anxious your body tends to tighten everything. This means our muscles contract and squeeze. Even your stomach gets tight and this is terrible for blood flow and anxiety. To get rid of this, try progressivley relaxing your body. This means start from the top of your head and release all the tension slowly, muscle by muscle, until you have reached your toes. Drop your tongue from the roof of your mouth and just relax.
- Tell yourself something positive.
This goes with step 1. After you have your goal in mind encourage yourself. Remind yourself of something positive. This could be something simple like “You got this.” This will allow you to be proud of how far you’ve come and words of encouragement can really make your nerves cease.
- Use your anxiety to your advantage.
Anxiety can sometimes be a good thing. If you look at anxiety with a different perspective, you can actually find that if you use your anxiety to pump yourself up your performance will go better. So, try this nextime.
Try all of these steps next time you have to do a performance or say a speech and remember everyone gets nervous so relax and you got this!
I have always had a passion for acting. From when I first started when I was six until now. I have fallen in love with it. I think I love Acting so much because it is becoming a character that is a part of you. It is a way to express emotions, show thoughts, and be yourself.
When I first started acting, I was shy and spoke very quietly. Now, I am more myself and acting has brought me contentment and energy that I have never had before.
For my career in the future, I would love to act. My dream has always been to become a movie actress, so this is what I am pursuing. I want to become a movie actress because you can be a character that is a part of your life. I think that it would be AMAZING to do this so if you have any tips for becoming one, comment down below.
I first started this blog so I could share my path with all of you and to help you strive for something that you have always dreamed of. Whether it is engineering, science, animals, etc. Pursue your passion!
Whatever makes you happy is your passion. It is part of who you are so chase it.
Comment down below what you do for a living, or what you want to do with your life ahead of you. I would love to know!
Projecting is one of those things that takes time to get the hang of it. When you first start acting, you aren’t used to using your voice in a way in which everyone can hear. Some people have an even harder time than others because they are shy or speak very quietly.
Here are some quick tips on how to project:
Step 1: Don’t be afraid to use your voice. In theatre, your voice is your tool. You use it to express emotions and to tell a story. Use your voice and great results will come out of it.
Step 2: Don’t scream. Projection is not a scream. It comes from your lungs and very deep in your throat. When you speak your chest is contributing to a big portion of your projection. Then think about speaking loudly, in a very clear voice.
Step 3: Practice in front of a mirror. See yourself physically speaking loudly. Also speak in front of other people and get tips for them. Most of the time you can’t hear yourself so try to have other people hear it for you.
Step 4: Hear your voice bounce back while you are performing. Most stages (that are indoor) have a concave looking circle at the back of the theatre. This was purposefully made so the actors could hear their voice bounce back. This sounds sort of like an echo. So, if you can hear your voice bounce back then you are speaking loud enough for everyone to hear. If not, try to speak a little louder.
Everyone knows, for the majority of people it is hard to laugh on stage.
Here are some tricks and tips to enhance your laugh and make it more realistic:
- Don’t control yourself. Your natural laugh comes as a surprise, like an unplanned vocalization. Try to mimic this in your fake laughter. Your laughter is irregular so add variety to your laughter by going up and down in pitch.
- Speed up the rate of your laugh. Listeners are more likely to believe a laugh when it is sped up. Instead of a slow deep laugh, make it more high pitched and giggly.
- Add breathes to your laughter. You can tell a fake laugh from a real one by the breath inserted between your chuckles and chortles. To make a laugh more realistic, allow your breath to come in more staggered intervals to make it seem more genuine.
- Laugh according to your gender. Men and Women both tend to vary to different tones of laughter. Women laugh in a more sing-song, birdlike manner, while men most often grunt or snort in amusement. Use this to your advantage to make your laugh sound less fake.
- Don’t laugh to loud. Most people have trouble with this. They often fake their laughter so much over the top, everyone can tell it is fake. So, basically don’t laugh so loud to where you can’t hear the conversation over it.
- Taper off of the end of your laugh. A common error is when you come to an abrupt stop in your laughter. Your natural laugh never happens to abruptly stop so begin fading your laugh until you feel like it is right to stop.
If you love to paint your nails here are some cool ideas of acting based ones.
Hope you like one of these and try it out!
Improv is where you make things up on the spot, and act them out with other people.
First you will need an act, so here are many, many ideas.
- Visiting the Dentists
- Boarding a bus
- First day in a new job
- Taking a pet to the vets
- Visiting the Doctor
- Having a photo taken
- Choosing a gift for a partner
- Selling your house
- Hiring a private detective
- Getting a quote from a builder
- Having your hair done
- Visiting someone in hospital
- Firing someone
- Job interview
- Ordering a Wedding Cake
- On a spying mission
- The first men in space
- Visiting the parents-in-law
- Getting a signature
- Hypochondriac at the doctors
- Slow service in a restaurant
- Police officer pulls someone over
- A has just finished decorating when B comes home and doesn’t like the colour
- Two construction workers find buried treasure
- Two army officers deciding who to send on a dangerous raid
- Customer complaining to chef about a meal in a busy restaurant
- Parliamentary candidate canvassing for votes
- Two Jockeys in a stable before a race
- Two criminals on the run
- Stuck in a car teetering on the edge of a cliff
- Gangster who has been shot visiting a doctor to remove the bullets
- Helping a friend deal with amnesia
- Breaking the news of a dead pet to a friend
- Trapped in a lift
- At a funeral home
- 2 Doctors called to an emergency
- On Noah’s ark
- Two people on a train with the ticket collector coming
I hope some of these ideas inspire you! Comment down below if you try one of these.
Have the right mindset when you are going into the audition.
We all know that a great audition happens with a great performance, but to get there set your mindset to allow yourself to feel calm and energetic when you go into it.
- Your Talent is going to be measured by your choices. Most of the time, actors or actresses like to keep it safe going into their audition. So, when this happens none of the actors stand out and they are really just doing the same performance over and over for the casting director. Which gets boring. To fix this take your monologue or your script and read it line by line until it feels like your thoughts instead of someone’s else.
- Don’t Advertise Your Mistakes. You want to go with the flow. An audition is going to feel different then practicing it in your room or in the car so if you make a mistake in the audition try not to react to it. Go into it willingly and let whatever happens happen. That is what performing is. To help prevent showing that you made a mistake to the cast directors practice in front of a mirror and watch for any slight subtleties that shows you messed up.
- Make Friends. Most actors go into an audition in front of the cast directors with “Oh please choose me” mentality or “oh my gosh they’re looking at me”. Don’t do that. Instead make a connection with the cast directors. Don’t separate them from you. If you do that then the casting director will then take notice of you and remember you. To do this come at the audition being there equal. Even though they have the power to cast or not cast you, make them your equal.
- Have No Expectations. You have no control if you get the role or not. Go into the audition, make a connection, tell your story and leave, letting what be be. Don’t show insecurity and go into the audition being the best you you can offer and then leave having known you did your best.
- Have Confidence. Be willing to be seen and heard. If you rush through your audition and hurriedly stalk off, this shows the casting director that you don’t like attention. To really gain confidence, stand tall and be comfortable in your own skin. Express your thoughts clearly and eloquently. Take your time and feel ease in your energy and most of all believe that this is exactly where you belong. Be proud to be who you are because who you are is the biggest way you can stand out.
I hope these 5 tips help you in your next audition! Comment down below if there are any more tips that you use that are helpful.
Cinderella: The World’s Favorite Fairy Tale, is almost here.
A lot has happened…
I won the Poster design
I memorized all of my lines
I got my costume
I perfected my character and
I am now ready.
I really can’t wait until it is showtime and I want to do my best. Wish me luck!