We’ve seen some hot discussions lately on Facebook and some industry blogs about what it means in the grand scheme of auditioning to be off-book (or close enough to off-book, even for a near-cold read). Given the same 24 to 48 hours to prepare for a television audition, who do you think is going to most impress the director and producers: the actor whose nose is buried in his sides so we only see the top of his head on the monitor, or the actor who commands the audition room by ensuring that every time she speaks she is listening to and connecting with the reader?
We all know the usual tips for memorizing lines. Repeat them ad nauseum. Record yourself and listen during your commute. Write them out long hand.
We’re looking for some new tips on memorization and getting off-book. What’s your tried-and-true method? How do you deal with preparing for auditions when you have a quick turnaround between getting that audition notice and getting into the room? Leave your tips and tricks in the comments section below.
You may remember a news item we shared earlier this year about young Sophia Mitri Schloss, whom we cast as little Robin in the pilot episode of “Grimm”. It looks like Sophia is making headlines once more, this time signing a talent holding deal with Universal TV. Congrats again, Sophia!