Patrick’s Acting Class Notes: 2/19/19

Just three of us… Small classes rock ! Casey as the ‘aw shucks’ Lifetime xmas guy. Katie the warehouse worker escaping a fire.

Both these scenes were preps for auditions today so these thoughts will be brief reminders that can be used to focus as you prepare for today’s auditions. BREAK A LEG!!!


Again a question of style. Last week it was Film Noir and sitcom and today it’s Lifetime’s xmas movie of the week. So clearly this all too well know style determined character and performance. BUT…Perhaps it’s like a style of music. If it’s rock, or folk or country or rap then you know what to expect… but you can be remarkably creative and express your individuality within the genre. So no matter how cliched the writing was… Casey filled it with his own persona and humor and connection to his scene mate. As long as you bring yourself to the performance it will defy the cliche because there is only one YOU and that makes your performance unique This was the classic body-meets-girl moment. Eyes locked together, the music swelled, the shy glances were exchanged and love in the xmas holidays ensued. The only thing missing was a sleigh ride and snow and carolers belting “ Deck the Halls”… oh right ! They threw that in too ! We tweaked a few moments and upped the flirtation and notable was the body movement that created both the nervous emotional exchange and the walk-and-talk. Well done Casey… just takes this into the audition room and PLAY.


Short co-star roles are building blocks for a career. We physicalized the scene of her hauling her co-worked to safety by dragging your coat and adding the cough(thanks to Casey). Whenever you can create the physical environment it helps to ground you and give you impulses. It actually creates life and believability and emotions. With these short scene you have to get to the moment quickly. You did that last night. Emotionally and visually you instantly took us into a smokey warehouse and the drama that was needed to create a character that the heroes can save. Without that life you are just another actor in a casting office nervously waiting to blurt out your lines. With that life you place us right in that moment. I know there are actors and teachers who preach just standing still and saying the lines but I find that style to be uncreative and drop dead boring. This scene is also an expositional moment. You are telling us what’s going on and directing the leads to their next challenge. So you need to get those lines clear and distinct because you are telling us where the next scene/life is going to be. Those later takes were spot a spot on performance. Just go in there and jump into the work/life we discovered last night and they’ll see you can bring this moment to life… and the know that you’re an actor that they can count on to do not only these on-liners but bigger roles.