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So… you’re at a survival job and your phone rings; it’s your agent. You booked a guest star/co-star role on a major show! Now what?
Research, Research, Research!
|With actor Harris Yulin on set.|
Read the entire script, not just the scenes you’re in. Know the whole story and the story that you’ll be telling. Hopefully, you’ve started all this work when you first got the audition, because the turnaround from audition to shooting is often a matter of days. Therefore, much of the actor’s work must be done before you actually begin production. You should have a repertoire of archetypal characters, which you pick from, and adjust and refine for a particular project.
Okay…you’re on set! This can sometimes be little weird (it is for me, at least). Everyone here has been working together for quite some time; they know each other. It can sometimes feel like you’re an outsider. But, remember, you are there to do one thing: tell the story. Trust the work you’ve already done. Don’t “ACT,” and for the co-star, do not try to impact the scene. Co-star roles are used as a device to move the story along. You are still an important part of the production (just as vital as anyone else on the set). Never forget that.