Saturday, June 25, 2011

How to Make Casting Enjoyable - Sharing & Mentoring

My ex-student and myself - in the casting 
I was shopping for my own birthday gift at Undershop, and suddenly my phone rang. It's a call from a production company I had good working relationship with. They still remember me, and keep my profile with them. I am pleasantly surprised, and agreed to come for a casting. This TV series is meant for TV3, where a majority of Malay viewers watched their series. After I bought my stuff, I walked back and decided to invite all my ex-students from my Artiste Training Course to attend the casting with me as well.

Sharing info
I enjoy spreading the news of this casting, even though I was the one specially invited, I don't see any reason why I should keep this casting to myself. I love to invite all my ex-students over to even view me from a distance, or perhaps even get themselves register for the talent casting too. I hope they can learn something too from watching me. Unlike a lot of so-called "artistes" who are out there just for themselves. I really cannot understand what's the big deal of even informing other people about the casting they went. I know for one, what is meant for you, will always be yours, and no one can take it away. The more you want to keep it a secret, the more you will feel the strain and in effect affects your performance as an artiste.

Have fun joking and fooling around
An open heart equals an open mind
I believe in genorosity. What you share with others, will eventually comes back to you. Mind you, it is totally opposite from boasting. Boasting is not sharing. Boasting about your successes doesn't mean you are sharing. Sharing is very much to do with helping others. Boasting only seek to elevate yourself, which a lot of aspiring artistes do, without them knowing consciously or otherwise. It turns people off. That's why I conduct this Artiste Training Course.

Rehearse together
So one of my student came with me. I'm glad he's still gung-ho and motivated to attend castings. He told me it's what I've talked to him about the other day, so he's encouraged. We arrived at the office, and were given the script. The script was for the role of a gangster. So I give my ex-student the other role to play with me, for it helps me to rehearse as well. This gangster is actually quite a comic. And this ex-student of mine is himself quite a comical character. When we rehearsed, we had such great fun. We laughed and managed to snapped a few shots of ourselves making a fool out of each other.

So clever posing - aren't we all pretty
Laugh at yourself 
The situation is where this super mom with all her superpowers. I am playing the villain, where I am laying a trap for this super mom to appear, so I can catch her and present her to my boss, so he could steal her power. It's really a funny story, where I have to be exaggerated in many sense. When the casting was on the way, the director complimented on my fluent and good spoken Bahasa Melayu. Now he wanted me to get rid of it, and use the most basic, and market-street intonation. That means I have to slur and not be articulately-correct when speaking. This I done so, with perhaps much ease and aplomb, seeing the reactions I got from the director.

Help others with their scripts too
After I was done, my ex-student was next, and I went outside of the room to wait for him. In the waiting lounge, there was another 2 talents rehearsing their scripts. When I came out from the room, they looked at me, with a somewhat rejuvenated looks on their faces. One of them told me they could feel my performance even from outside, and I took it as a compliment. With nothing to do, I introduced myself to the 2 talents, and helped them out with their scripts too. They seem to have much lengthier script, which I encouraged them that it's a good thing, because it gives them plenty of space to show off their acting skills.

So happy to be on location - enough la, time to say bye-bye


Know when to leave
They have some problems memorising the script, which is common, given that they are nervous and just got the script in hand. During rehearsals, I played the other part interacting with them, and tried to spelled out some key words to help them jog their memory. I suppose when they tried to remember the words, their expressions and gestures just gone right out the window. Of course, if they were my students, they wouldn't have that problem. But I didn't inform them that I am an acting coach, for in situation like these, we are all equals, and I do not like to impose them with my coaching practices. I understand they must be focusing on their characters, so it's best to just leave them be.