On Sides…

This one will be quick and short.

There are sides and there are cuts. Cuts are music, sides are script.

Now this is just all my opinion. When you’re reading sides in the room especially for a first callback, HOLD the sides. You may be the most memorized that you’ve ever been on any gig ever, but still… hold the sides. You never know what brain obstacle will appear when you’re in the room reading with a reader who you’ve probably never met before and given an adjustment you’d probably never thought about. Or have them in your pocket for easy access.

When you’re in for a second callback or for a Broadway show, MEMORIZE the sides. When you’re balls deep in a scene, working in front of the director, and getting all the way into a character, you probably don’t want to be taken out and have to call for a line.

I’ve heard from many a casting director that when actors aren’t holding the sides in a scene it can actually make them nervous, and that’s all they’re thinking about. I’ve also heard from some Broadway directors that they hate when people hold the sides, it distracts them. You will inevitably go up on a line, someone in the room will think: “well… you should have held the bloody things in the first place…” (they’re British apparently) You literally can’t please everyone all the time. (I’ll refrain from the Aesop fable about the donkey and the boy and the man…)

So the answer is… don’t stress about it. If you’re nervous then hold the sides, if you want to not hold the sides then don’t, but only if you’re legitimately off book.

Also: MEMORIZE and LEARN the music cuts. It’s impossible to tell if you can sing the sides if you’re still reading the music and not sure of what note comes next. Period.

That’s all today!

I’ll Start With Hello!

Getting to know me…

I’ll start with my name. I’m Rodney. The past 6 years I’ve played more auditions than I can count and coached hundreds if not thousands of singers on their auditions and material. This blog will be mostly my thoughts on all things audition and actor related, with anecdotes and things that people behind the table hate…and maybe some things they love.

There will also be large amounts of space dedicated to an often overlooked and scoffed at crippler in the world: anxiety. As an artist with pretty debilitating anxiety, I will share with you some of my journey on finding a way to manage the monster.

I hope you enjoy! And if you do or don’t, leave a comment and let me know what you’d like to hear about!