Acting

Jillian the Intern

So Theatrefolk had an intern this year. A virtual intern, seeing as she lives in Florida and we…. don’t. It’s been interesting and fun coming up with work for her, that we couldn’t actually be around to supervise! That is until this past weekend at the Florida State Thespian Festival where we were incredibly happy to have an extra hand around. Florida State is a crazy, crazy, crazy, busy conference and there’s really no time to do the simple things like re-charge all our media, or count inventory, find a mailbox, or make an emergency soda run. Hooray for our intern!

We also made Jillian go to workshops (It was a great hardship!) and report back so that we could pass what she learned on to you. In this video Jillian passes on tips from the workshop “Attacking the Audition.”

Transcript

Hello, we are at the Florida State Thespian Festival. It is the calm before the storm, before the hoards come in and we are here with – ta da! This is our intern Jillian.

Hello!

We’ve had a very interesting experience this year. We had a teacher in Florida, we don’t live in Florida, approach us to see if we could have a virtual intern. So Jillian you live in Florida.

Yes I do.

Yes, we’re up in Canada, and you’ve been working for us for the past year. What’s that been like?

It’s been very interesting over the internet distance. I’ve enjoyed doing the work, the transcribing videos, finding addresses, I loved proofreading that script. And I hope to get you that reading because all the people around me have to come together and get to the script!

One of the jobs we gave Jillian here at the festival was to go to a workshop and report back to us on it. That’s something we like to share with our blog viewers to see if there’s something interesting we can pass on. So what workshop did you go to?

I went to “Attacking the Audition.” I really wish I had taken this before all my college auditions.

What did you get?

He gave us a sheet of general tips, like the nervous energy is good, use it to focus yourself, listen to the director. But he also worked with us on cold reading, which is something I’ve never done before. It was, oh, this is what I’m supposed to do with this script. I thought I was just supposed to panic.

What’s one really good tip for cold readers?

Really read the script. When someone hands you the script, ask immediately can I have a few minutes to look over the script. Find your character, find their motives, make some decisions.

Thanks very much guys.

 


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Lindsay Price