My son was told this over and over along with "you do not need to memorize your sides for auditions"
Memorizing should NOT be the first thing you do when you get sides. If you break down the scene and answer all of the important questions needed to bring the scene to life, then learning the lines becomes the by-product.
This quote pertains to a teacher who has you do the scene for 3-4 weeks, makes you hold the script during weeks 1,2,3, and 4, and tells you not to memorize.
I think that is some of the WORST advice, EVER! You have to be off book when on set so why not practice that?
In all fairness, my teacher (Alderson) does not believe in running lines.
He believes in learning lines by working the scene with your partner over and over.
There are exceptions to everything. I also don't believe memorization should be a priority. Necessary, yes. But not a priority. Just my opinion.
Ugh! I HATE running lines.
So, I was going to basically do #6 on your list almost word for word, but now don't have to! Ahhhhh, insanity.
So glad you know who this is! ha
Understood - what about auditions though? Do you think it matters whether they are off book or not?
First, have you had the sides for a week or did you just get them for a cold read?
Second, while you may not be being judged on your ability to memorize, having your face buried in the sides, or focused on the board they've written them on, is never good. But on that hand, if you say a sentence wrong, its not a big deal either.
Thirdly, as with just about everything in life, starting and finishing strong are the most important.
I and many others prefer being off book as much as possible.
1. You're more open to the camera and the reader
2. There's going to a bunch of others who are not only prepared but close to if not off book as well.
3. If you're off book, still hold the sides. Brain farts DO happen!
4. CDs normally tell you not to memorize because they technically would have to pay you according to Union and CSA guidelines
Thank you!! I agree with you. I thought it was bad advice for the acting teacher to say he shouldn't ever have to think about memorizing. It wasn't a "well- shouldn't be your 1st priority" type of thing...it was you do not have to have sides memorized and this was in an audition class.
"Take this teacher off of your resume! He's a joke!"
"When you audition and have other people in the scene, just have one eye line."
This doesn't count for instructors, but I did once have a director say...
"I want you to say these lines as if you're teaching algebra to a 5 year old."
It worked well for the first scene, but then he said it for EVERY SCENE WE SHOT! Every single time, no matter the context.
I finally said unless this movie is about me teaching algebra to a toddler then maybe you should suggest something different!
This one is especially amusing to me. Back in September or so I had a audition where I was talking to two separate characters. The CD was rather "clear" on just how exactly she wanted my eyeline to be for each separate character.
Come to our industry night showcase. They're casting out of our class...
Laugh when people try to take you as a fool.
From someone who says to have studied with Meisner:
"Acting is NOT living truthfully under imaginary circumstances!"
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