SIMONE BALL delivered a very successful self-test this week for a U.S. series. Her listening was terrificly open and responsive. This allowed her to be different on every run which kept every take fresh. She was confident, engaging and very believable. When I commented that she had done really well she replied, “I didn’t do as much preparation as usual. Maybe that’s the key.” That was a very interesting observation.
Over preparing can be a big problem. I AM CONVINCED YOU CAN PREPARE TOO MUCH.
Over preparation has a number of significant deficits.
- It raises expectations trapping the actor into alternatives they think are the best ones for the scene.
- It therefore confines active listening.
- It makes it difficult to add extra ingredients because they will often disrupt the planned approach.
- And it generates stress because in the end the performance rarely matches the expectation generated by the preparation.
- enables a clear and simple understanding of the circumstances
- has considered a couple of diverse possibilities for Conversation Goals
- that has assessed a couple of different possibilities for the patterns of behaviour within the relationship
- and has learnt the lines satisfactorily but in a flexible way
… should set the actor up for a free and playful audition.
That’s where Simone was for this audition. She was playful, relaxed and confident. The result was terrific.