Everyday until next Wednesday 14th December at 11am when our director, Louise Tu’u, will do her free Facebook Live, a new tip from from Louise Tu’u upcoming e-book, “Acting for commercials for Pasifika women” will appear here online. We are pre-selling this beauty now. Buy it here. (NB: You can’t actually. Read why here).
Tip 4: Be inspired by the wardrobe of the character for your audition. So what does that mean? It means if your character is “Mother: 40s years old, female Maori or Polynesian”, how do you dress? Obviously, you’re already Maori or Polynesian so that’s all good and your agent has put you forward for this gig (NB: If you don’t have an agent, check out future tips in my book as to how you land a good and legit acting agent). So how do you approach this? Read the scenario and scan for clues. Maybe you’re at the mall, maybe you’re at church, maybe you’re picking up your fictional kids so dress accordingly for this. You want to suggest that you have read the character the ad is casting and have made choices about what to wear. You need to be comfortable in what you decide to wear.
Having said that, if you’re being asked to dress for say, a J.R.R Tolkien tribute show (don’t laugh, could happen), you don’t want to wear actual elven ears because you’re being asked for your performance, not your ability to shop at Look Sharp. It also suggests that you have already a rigid idea of what the character should look like and might be a pain to direct. Or impossible. Please don’t give the directors an easy choice not to pick you because of this simple mistake.
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