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How do you prepare for auditions? ~ StarsQA Team
Every audition is different, and so I prepare for them depending on what it's for. If it is a nonspeaking commercial audition, there is little preparation other than reading over the scenario and descriptions for look/wardrobe. I may google the company, if I've not heard of it before, but these are pretty simple "just show up and do your best at whatever they ask you to do" auditions.
If it is a speaking role, obviously, there is a little more prep involved in memorizing the lines and getting familiar with the character. For a film or tv show, I review what kind of genre it is, to make sure that I get the nuances of the show. For example, the way you speak and act will be different for a sitcom comedy and a heavy drama. If there are a lot of lines (more than 2 pages) I spend more time developing the character from what I know and what I can find out from other audition sides for other characters (usually, that can be available). If it is a small costar role with 1 or 2 lines, I just imagine how they contribute to the scene and what they would want from that audition and character. Most auditions are within 1-3 days of getting notified, so you don't always have a lot of time, but it helps to have a system and be as best prepared as you can be.
Did You Make Many Friends While Filming The (TV Show) Stranger Things? ~ Tiffany
Hi Tiffany! I would have loved to have met everyone, but because my scene was just between Jen and Mr. Clarke, I really only got to meet the actor who played him Randy Havens on set. He's a great actor and wonderful person and I'm lucky to say that we have kept in touch! I have also had the opportunity to get connected with some of the other actors via twitter and love that we can all share our experiences from Stranger Things together!
If you could be on any TV show which show would it be? ~ Ardell Thompson
Hi Ardell! I'm honestly blessed to say that I've already been on my favorite show (Stranger Things, of course)! Currently, one of my favorite shows is Black Mirror which I'd LOVE to get a chance to be on, and I've always had a bit of an obsession with Supernatural which would be so much fun to be a part of!
What has been your most challenging role to date? ~ James Parker
Hi James! Great question! My most challenging role to date was probably as kidnapped Maggie in the film Hunting Season that I filmed, also starring Tom Sizemore. It was a very emotional role, but also very physically demanding. There was a week of filming that was spent "tied up" in a barn and then a few days of running through the hills of Northern California.
Hello from Spain and congrats for your career. If you had a time machine and you could return to the past, which actor would you have wanted to work with?
~ Felix Roberto Etombadyambo
Great question Felix! There are so many great actors that have paved the way for us and passed too soon... If I could go back in time, I would have loved the opportunity to work with Robin Williams. He was such a funny and talented man who created magic with every character he played, and despite his own personal struggles, brought light to everyone he met. Growing up he was always one of my favorite actors and is greatly missed.
How did you get into acting/modelling and how can you find a reputable agent. ~ Andrew Blaner
Hi Andrew, thanks for your question! I got into acting as a child... growing up I did a lot of children's theater, worked on local community productions and was big on school productions too. When I got too old for some of that stuff, I volunteered at the theaters and chaperoned theater summer camps. I stopped acting for a while to pursue a science degree. Even though I loved acting, I hung up that dream to take a more practical approach to adulthood. A couple years ago, I just couldn't shake that feeling that I would forever regret it if I didn't go back and give it a solid try... so I did. And it started with student films on the weekends and evenings, some background work, then low budget independent films, and soon enough, I was so busy with work, I had to cut back on my day job. Two years ago, I quit my career and moved to California and haven't looked back since. I've been very lucky with opportunities. Agents are tricky to find early on, and honestly, they'll sign you when you're ready. You want to build up your resume with principal speaking roles, get great head shots and get footage of your work together for a reel, and once you've got your portfolio together, then submit to agencies for representation. Once they see that you've got some experienced and are invested in your craft, they'll take you on.
When is the premiere of your new movie? ~ Martin Washington
Most of my big projects will be premiering this Summer. The feature films 'Fair Chase' and 'Mr. Invincible', as well as the new Netflix series 'Stranger Things' will all be a July release.
Are you proud of yourself looking back at everything you've achieved and would you do anything differently? ~ Jordan
Absolutely! I look back at where I was even 2 years ago and it makes me giddy to see how far I've come! But I couldn't have done it alone. I've had an incredible support system of family and friends, and a network of colleagues and industry professionals who have helped me get to where I am today. I don't think I'd do anything differently!
I have no background in the acting community but I'm so impressed with your work ethic. So generally speaking, how long does an actor/actress give themselves a chance to make it? ~ John
Hey John, that's a great question that a lot of people have, but super hard to answer cause it's different for everyone. I've been acting on and off since middle school in local theaters and school productions, but I didn't study acting in college, and actually took a long hiatus in my adult years. I didn't start aggressively pursuing acting until about 2 years ago, when I left my full time career and focused on acting full time. While I was lucky with independent films and small projects, I've only recently started getting speaking roles on TV shows and films that will be seen by mainstream media. I think the idea of "making it" depends on your definition... if it's to be a steady working actor, I think it's achievable with smart networking, ethics and hard work within a few years. If you look at most famous actors, even if they seem like an overnight success, you'll see that they've actually been working hard at their careers for 8-10 years at least! But it's important to recognize that being an actor and being a celebrity are two totally different things. And becoming famous, well... that may or may not ever happen, so I try not to gauge my definition of success on that.