"Auditioning is always a difficult process but you learn to become less attached to the outcome over time. For me it's more about did I accomplish what I wanted to do in the scene and not beat myself up when I don't. Each meeting is always different and that's what keeps us coming back. It's never boring no matter how long you've been in the business."
"I look for an actor who is well prepared and comes with an idea. Even if their idea is not what I'm looking for, it makes me remember them when they come with an interesting interpretation of the character. They impress me with their dedication to their craft."
- Brett Ratner
"I prefer them to be who they are. It's a people business and we want to know the actor for who he or she really is."
Follow the fear. This is stage fright. Use the energy of that fear to heighten your performance. It is more interesting to watch a character facing fear than denying fear.
– Del Close, Second City
"When concentration leaves, our tension comes in...Tension is most effectively eradicated by concentration on some task which arouses the actor's BELIEF and therefore releases the actor's creative spirit."
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