• Jo Kelly

How to prepare for a role in a unique way

Actors have different ways of preparing for roles. Many read the script multiple times until they feel it’s in their body. Some actors imagine what the scene is - what it's about and how it goes, which makes them feel more confident and comfortable with how it’s gonna be on set. 📽


Some actors do script analysis trying to understand what the scene is about. 📖 A lot of actors work on finding an original and “good” choice.


Then you get to the audition, you’re not always in flow. You’re not doing a “bad” job but you didn’t lose yourself in the character either. 😢


You might find yourself stuck in a rhythmn or a musicality with the lines and what you’ve prepared for the scene.


Some actors feel like they need to push no matter how much prep they’ve done.


All of this is a sign that your process isn't consistent. If you’re not instinctive and free then it’s a red flag that something isn’t working.


When you were a child how did you prepare for your characters? As kids we were ALWAYS playing and we never prepared for our roles. We just dove into the experience! We were hungry to play, not to act. 👫


Why do you prepare for an audition yet when they call ACTION!, 🎬 you’re unreliable?


The formula to happiness and success is to just be yourself, vividly yourself. -Meryl Streep 🏆


This means that when you’re trying to be good, looking for a strong choice, trying to do the scene well, breaking down the script… you’re leaving yourself behind. You’re trying to apply a formula/ method as if acting was something you could study and replicate.


There is no method to art. 🎯


When you watch my training you'll discover that If you show up as yourself then it's satisfying for you and that's how you can be successful. That fully alive place as yourself is available for the character and it can take many different shapes. It’s just you in the moment.


The glitch is that not everyone is able to be themselves. Why? Because we’ve been wired to be and think and behave and feel like everyone else. To fit.. out of ourselves.


The work to do is to come back home, to yourself. When you are yourself you are unique. If you're not totally yourself, you’re left trying to figure out what others want, how to be good, how to please... The second you do that, you have just walked away from yourself. You will not be fulfilled when you play the character and you won’t convince anyone.


If this resonates with you, the work we do is to undo the wiring that's preventing you from being yourself. We work through the resistance to find yourself again. Then we muscle up that instinct to make sure it’s sustainable under pressure. 💪🏾


Watch my training below to hear all my thoughts on this topic.



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See you there! Jo Kelly

Creator, The Reset Journey From Resistance to Freedom


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