1. Send the Breakdown + the Script
Private coaching teaches you how to prepare yourself for a role, and one of the biggest things to do is to read the BREAKDOWN first, not just the sides. If we are doing a coaching session to prepare for an audition, please send me the full breakdown in addition to the script. A coach will use this to help you learn how to identify exactly what the casting director is looking for so you can have that framing and then bring your own style to that goal. Beginners in particular have a lot to learn about how to understand the materials they are given.
2. Get logged in on Skype.
Most coaching sessions are over Skype, so be ready in a spot you can concentrate, without a lot of background distraction.
When you log in, let me know that you are there by sending a hello in the chat. Sometimes Skype goes to sleep without you knowing that you are offline, and this will wake it up.
3. Parents should plan to be there to listen to the coaching. Younger actors may need your help during the session, and you should hear what the coach is teaching them (and hear how great they are) so you can learn too and support them when a coach is not around.
3. Allow a grace period for our session. Coaches don't always have control over the many calls and meetings throughout the day, so sometimes may need to start a few minutes later than planned. If you are late, always let your coach know.
4. Be off book as much as possible. The more you can spend your coaching time exploring different ways you can deliver the scene, rather than learning lines, the better.
5. Expect to be supported, not criticized. Coaching gives you a chance to take risks in a safe environment when no one's watching. So try something new every time. That is where the growth happens. A great coach will bring out your best qualities so you can go into your audition with confidence that you are prepared, unique and memorable!