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THE 3 TYPES OF AUDIENCES YOU WILL FACE AS AN ACTOR

Gerald Langiri
August 07 / 2012

Most actors like to critic what they see on air but hate being told or shown how bad their act is/was in a given movie/series.  Some are opinionated and will rarely take advice seriously when it is offered free by their colleagues or those occupying minor roles as crew in a film set.

I wish to point quickly the three types of audiences that we have in a film, while in design and after post.

1. THE FIRST PERSON. This is you as an actor; the way you honestly look at yourself determines how many major roles you will have in serious productions in a year. If you are obsessed by how good you are on the screen, you will never grow, you will be too tied up in what people are saying and lose all the opportunities out there for you to develop. Even after the Oscars, people like Denzel know that there is more to be done, who are you to think sugar and sucrose after a pilot has been approved for transmission? Please know that you are only as good as your last performance, there is more for you to do if people are to seriously talk about you as an actor. Starting with, balancing the requirements of your ego and the voice of your true self. It all mirrors down to you, the act and the memory that you leave in the mindset of the audience. The dynamic range is from excellent to crap...

2.Second person (omnipresent)....It is the other cast members and the crew, they see your performance and they judge...it will either be good, fair or pass...excellent is a rare occurrence which sometimes, the producer (the money person), will determine your worth in the show based on how popular your character is....the director may recommend for your suck in spite of you being a gem in a show. Please learn to respect everybody in a given set, do your job, and obey all the rules of the game as this will determine how well you will package your performance. Don't keep on asking people what they think about your performance as this shows either lack of confidence or solicitation for praise, if you can feel it in the heart as opposed to the head, then it is good. You don't need the marking scheme...

3. Limited third person....FUNNY ENOUGH, ONE AND TWO eventually become part of this audience. These are the watchers, adorers, worshipers, viewers, stalkers and all manner of people who watch the show and decide either to fall in love with you, hate you, stalk you, insult you within and without the press, want to marry you....all manner of emotions originate from this type of audience thanks to your performance. If you want them to like you, please do your homework, obey all the rules, don't think that you are the best thing that ever happened to a show as pride comes before a fall...Always look forward to a better performance by observing the actor you portrayed in a show as opposed to watching yourself, something that many artists do and tweets their friends to do for self gratification, the moment you forget that there is A GOD IN HEAVEN and start worshiping your ability, you are on a nose dive to self destruction. No producer wants an artist or actor with ego issues unless he or she is on self medication for the same...

Acting is 70 percent GOD, 29 PERCENT perspiration 0.5 percent passion and 0.5 TALENT...if you have the natural talent, then convert it into a gift by being obedient to the rules and your dreams as an artist.

Advised by John Karanja.


You may also want to read:

- HOW TO THINK AS AN ACTOR - ADVISED BY PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR JOHN KARANJA

- WHAT MAKES A KENYAN STORY? IN SEARCH OF A KENYAN STORY

-10 THINGS I'D LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN THE KENYAN FILM INDUSTRY THIS YEAR

-NIGERIAN ACTRESS JUDITH AUDU'S ADVICE TO ACTORS WANTING TO GO TO NIGERIA


 

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