I have a few ideas that are the grounding forces behind the way I coach actors. One is technical and the other is philosophical.
On the technical side, it is about knowing what is being asked of you in an audition situation. Often times, that means making sure that we're telling the story of the scene and serving the purpose of the character. This is particularly true in smaller television and film roles which can often be the hardest. We might accomplish this by working to ensure we breakdown the events of the scene so that we're not aiming to learn words, but instead fully understanding the minutia of the human interactions taking place in the sides.
Often, even when we do have a complete understanding of the scene, it's necessary to make sure we are showing it with clarity. An outside set of eyes is always incredibly helpful, but especially so in this time of self tapes and zoom auditions. I work to use the camera to our benefit rather than being challenged by it. Framing, structure, purpose.
All of this is to make room for spontaneity.
On the philosophical side, is the acknowledgement that acting on set or stage can require a different set of skills than nailing an audition. Even very capable actors need an outside perspective to do the great work they're capable of in the artificial setting of the audition room or tape. The other part of this is making sure to help the actor deliver an audition that feels authentic to them and takes advantage of their natural charisma. The ultimate goal is to deliver multiple takes that stay fresh and continue to explore the possibilities of the scene.
I like working with actors of all skill and experience levels. I look to create a comfortable and constructive working environment that feels nonjudgmental and leaves room for excitement about the work we're doing. After all, it is our personal experiences and past histories that allow for the wonderful idiosyncrasies that lead to authentic, dynamic and appealing performances.