You have a favorite show or movie. Something that you can watch over and over again with pleasure. You know what’s going to happen in next but you don’t care. You still love it, enjoy it and watch it the same way you did the first time. Why is that? Even if it’s terrible acting. How can it be?
Because films (or even theatre) is not just focused on ones performances. Yea there are actors that give extraordinary performances (Daniel Day Lewis we are looking at you). Their dedication to the character is fascinating. But many actors forget one key thing which we believe is the reason they are not booking enough.
And that is Film, TV, and theatre are visual story telling mediums. And at the end of the day you aren’t just showing the world your character that you worked so hard to create, but you are also telling a story.
Yes, Wolf of Wall street shows how crazy, and reckless the character Jordan Belfort is but in the grand scheme of things the movie and Leonardo Dicaprio wonderfully showed how when one who thinks they are immortal can come quickly come crashing down very hard.
So the next time you go into an audition, and you have multiple scenes to do. Ask yourself: What is the story? How am I moving the story along in every scene? Why is this scene here? Ask yourself the technical questions. Then remember to live it don’t play the answers. Meaning if it’s a breakup scene, don’t play it knowing that your character will break up. Play it moment to moment, just like we do in real life.