Subject: Appointment for: John Marshall Jones – The Sarah Connor Chronicles
>The following contains meeting information for: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
>Client: John Marshall Jones
>Date: Monday, August 6, 2007
>Time: 4:00 PM
>Status: Gave to Manager
>Role: Roger Devyn
> Male, African-American, late 30s – 40s. Extremely
>intelligent computer programmer with an inherent warmth. Father and
>His work is his life…
August 6th, 2007
I got off the plane from the National Black Theater Festival at 1pm. The audition was at 4pm and it was a long way from my house. Between retrieving my baggage and getting home I knew there wouldn’t be time to study before the audition. So I got home, showered and got to the audition as early as I could so I would have as much time as possible to prepare.
I had to make some quick decisions. When you’re in this situation you have to find something real to lock into right away. I broke the scene down so I could identify the emotional changes then I looked for ways to personalize the relationships. The scene was about a man writing a final letter to his children before he died. So I thought, ” if I had ten minutes to say my final words to my own son, what would I say from the bottom of my heart?”
In my mind I began to write that letter to my son. Almost immediately, all of the real emotion began to come out. When I went in the room to audition, I could hardly contain my tears. The emotion was raw, and honest, and everyone in the room felt it. That’s the sweet spot of the audition. When you know they feel it too.
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