Schatar’s Quote Of The Day
When preparing for any role, it is important to have a complete understanding of your character and where they are coming from. For example, what is their backstory? Do they have any siblings?
What is their relationship to their friends? For example, are they the leader or the follower? What kind of clothes would they wear to the club or a party? Would they even go to the club or are they more into an evening with Netflix?
From the moment you receive the script in your hand, you have a chance to take that character and make it your own.
Here are some quick tips to use when preparing for a role:
1. Read the script thoroughly from the beginning to the end. Don’t just read your parts and skip over the rest. Take time to understand the other characters as well. Where are they coming from? What is their relationship to your character? This will help you flesh out your interactions with them when it is time to film.
2. Realize that nothing is set in stone until you read with the rest of the cast and receive instructions from the director. So, on your own, before the table read, experiment with different ways of delivering the same line.
For example, here is a line from The Godfather (1972):
“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
You may know the classic delivery from the film, but experiment right now with different ways you might say the line.
Here is another one:
“I’m the king of the world!” from Titanic (1997). Again, you may be familiar with the scene from the film and the enthusiastic delivery but take your time with the line and come up with two different ways you might say this same line.
3. Be flexible. Regardless of many times you may have practiced it on your own at home, when you get to the table read, things will probably change. You will be reading with your fellow cast members as well as taking notes from the director.
I understand, that you may be committed to saying that line a certain way. That line may be your favorite part of the script, and you plan to SLAY when you deliver that line. Honey, trust me. You will get your chance if the writing is good. So, keep an open mind when it comes to delivery of the lines. Listen to the wisdom of the director in addition to bringing your acting experience to the table.
With any production, keep the end product in mind which is the finished film, video, television series, or web clips. After all, this is the thing that people will be watching. So, keep their experience in mind when preparing for your role. Make it luxurious and enjoyable for them to view.
Most of all, take time to enjoy the process. If it is not fun for you but stresses you out from beginning to end, maybe you should be doing something else.
But if it is something you enjoy? Continue to do your best to deliver excellence. Keep growing and trying new things. You deserve the best and your fans do too.
Dream big and Stay Strong,
Just a reminder to keep your head up today. Everyone’s always going to have something to say. Stay focused on your goal and enjoy the sweetness of victory achieved with the camaraderie of your closest friends, fam, and supporters as well as your sheer determination. Go for yours!
Dream Big, Stay Strong,
Schatar Sapphira Collier