What Surrounds Me?
One of Uta Hagen’s NINE QUESTIONS, ‘what surround me’ is the one I often see left begging when it comes to auditions.
Actor’s should know that by creating and imagining and working in a vivid set of physical circumstances, they accomplish some crucial things:
Dispel the distraction and nerves from being in a strange environment not in your control.
Activate your own sense of place and time which becomes real, tangible, visible.
Reduce the burden of your work: if you are really, truly there, seeing and sensing all that is around you, and talking to a real person, I will believe you. Without this, most work feels ‘indicated’ and pushed.
Every detail of your surroundings should be accounted for: time, place, doorways, windows, trees, what’s close, what’s further away, what you hear, what you smell, what you touch.
Then, drive all your attention into the relationship right in front of you. It is the only thing that matters at this moment. Change that other person. Watch them. Receive every nuance of their presence as you make a demand on them.
Then watch your auditions evolve to another level.