However, even with a lockdown, we have to start embrace the power of community. (Thank you Zoom).
Being an actor can be very isolating at times (let alone during a global pandemic).
When you first get an audition, you lock yourself in a room to study your script.
When you arrive at your audition, you feel like a social outcast in the waiting room, trying to stay calm amidst a sea of other passionate artists.
When you leave an audition, you rarely get any feedback unless you book so this can also create a feeling of loneliness.
With the acting world at a bit of a standstill, this is a perfect time to get quiet & work on your skills before our biz gets back on its feet.
How is your scene analysis game?
Do you struggle with breaking down your scripts?
Do you find it difficult to connect with your characters/scenes?
How easy is it for you to 'throw away' your work and surrender to the moment?
There are three parts to actor scene-study: I call them Study, Sense, and Surrender.
Study encapsulates your ability to break down and analyze a script. You are basically a text detective, finding the clues that the writer has left you.
Sense represents your ability to personalize the text. Your universal connection to the world and themes of the piece. It's the emotional part of scene-study.
Surrender illustrates your ability to let go of the work and lose yourself in the moment-to-moment discoveries & actions of the piece. This is often the hardest step but arguably the most important.