Day 3 – Keeping the “beat”

Day 3

Give the scene a “beat”ing

Let’s assume that you have the audition material in hand. You’ve worked on your skills and you have developed a team to rehearse with. The Master Auditioner knows that the scene isn’t ready to be rehearsed until you’ve discovered what the scene is about. Generally, scenes are not about what the characters are saying. They are about unspoken emotions that the characters can’t express in words. So, how do you unlock the unspoken emotional information buried within each scene? You begin by breaking the scene down into beats.

“What is a beat? A beat is an interval within a scene in which new information is either introduced or discovered that effects the emotional life of the characters. That information may come from the environment or it may surface as a realization from within the character’s internal emotional life.”

John Marshall Jones presents Mastering the Audition

Every scene has several beats. Each beat signals a change in emotion. At John Marshall Jones presents Mastering the Audition we teach you how to uncover the multiple emotional beats within each scene so your auditions become memorable emotional performances that satisfy the people you’re auditioning for. Our experience tells us that the most memorable actors are also the most employable.

We live and work in an information society. At John Marshall Jones presents Mastering the Audition we are committed to providing you with superior information to help you to achieve superior results. So break that scene down into beats and make your next audition your best one!

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Published in: on July 21, 2008 at 6:39 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. I often think of any given ‘beat’ in the script as a heartbeat. It keeps the scene going and gives it life. I agree with the notion of finding the beats in any given scene, especially when it comes to the audition process. Of course, this only applies to pieces you have received ahead of time, not cold reads.

    By emoting the beats in the scene, you’ll stand out to the casting director. You can show them that you are committed to this character or show and that you will continue this type of work into production.

    The best way that I have found for breaking down beats is to actually write them into your script, name them and try to change your character during each beat so that you can feel the difference. Once you have noticed how it changes the scene, you can incorporate the emotional shifts you’ve found into the character development of the scene.


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