The Five Questions - Question 2 by Merlin Huff

This is the second in our series on The Five Questions. See our blog for question number one, and stay tuned for the introduction of the coming three questions!

It's time for the next question in our The Five Questions series! Question 2 is WHERE am I? This includes when (as in time period or time of day) and who I am with (family, enemies, alone, etc). This question is about giving yourself a truly grounded knowledge in your environment. To go back to our Breaking Bad reference, it's important for the actors to remember that they are in New Mexico. Why? Because this tells them what the weather would feel like, what they would wear, how they'd walk or move -- Just think how different it would have been if it had taken place in Alaska!

This question is also about what you make it, so get specific!! Are you in a closet, in your neighbors house, at midnight, on a rainy Fall evening? Or are you in your smoky car, alone, listening to Kanye, driving to In and Out? Details make or break the functionality of this question. Break it down for each scene for your character. This way, when you walk on stage, or into that audition, you are carrying a full, vibrant, and specified environment with you. It will be what sets you apart. 

You'd be amazed how many actors, especially in auditions, have the environment of being in an audition room with a casting director instead of being where their character is!! REMEMBER: Your job is to live truthfully through imaginary circumstances. So build up that imagined environment until you can look around any room you're in and see the details you've found by answering: 🌟Where am I?🌟

 

The Five Questions by Merlin Huff

The five questions are part of an acting technique derived from the practices of Konstantin Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Harold Clurman, Cheryl Crawford, Lee Strasberg, and Stella Adler. It has seen many variations over time, but the philosophy remains the same. By answering each of these five questions for your character in your scene in your play, you will have a much stronger idea of who you are and what you want. This is to be used as a tool in finding your role. Answering these questions is not meant to be binding or inflexible. As you work, some answers that you originally found may very well change! Allow answering these questions to be a starting point that helps you begin to work. Check back in with your questions throughout your rehearsal process and make adjustments as necessary.

Over the next few weeks we will be making posts on Instagram (@huffstudios) for each of the 5 Questions. Follow along there or here for a brief overview of this useful acting tool!

Here's the first of the 5: Who Am I?

With the first question, you should answer: who am I? This entails your character's likes and dislikes and point of view. This is all about building subjective point of view for your character -- who is a living breathing person in the play/movie/show. So find things in the script that suggest what they like or dislike. For example: Nora in a Doll's House loves macaroons, and Walter White in Breaking Bad loves his family. On the other hand Nora dislikes condescension and Walter White dislikes insubordination. Make a list for both and find as many things as you can!! When you rehearse these become things you can bump up against. They help create both need and conflict -- great things in a scene. 

Success by Merlin Huff

    

 

 

One month of classes have been completed. Success!

March classes begin this Sunday. Our studio is growing and we are planning the introduction of our first workshop - to be announced soon!

Thank you, February. You were great.

March Discounts! by Merlin Huff

We're proud to announce our special deals for March!

Bring a friend to check us out for 10% off March tuition!

Bring a friend who signs up for classes for 25% off your March tuition!

That's a pretty sweet deal. You get a discount just for dragging your friend along. If they like it, you get a bigger discount.

Boom. Acting.