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COLD READING CLASS
What is it?
A cold reading refers to any piece of text that you are asked to perform or read for the first time with very little or absolutely no preparation. This commonly takes place at acting auditions and castings. Very often in auditions for film and television, the actor who is called in to audition is asked to do a cold read. The text that is chosen by the casting director is usually a part from the actual television program or film that the actor is auditioning for. The casting diretor wants to see, as quickly as possible if the actor could be right for that particular role.
What the benefits are and for whom it is necessary
The cold reading is usually always for the benefit of the person who is conducting the audition. Some actors dislike cold readings, as they may be a genuinely talented individual who just has a weakness in picking up and performing something that they have never read before. As an actor you can get better at cold readings by practicing at home from just about any piece of text or dialogue, but the absolute best way is by taking a cold reading class.
A cold reading class will teach you the skills you need to be able to tackle an audition in which you are asked to read a piece of the role you are auditioning for for the first time. To practice, read aloud from a book, a newspaper article etc. and try and get the sense of the story, the tone of the piece, the pace of it and so on- the more times you do it the better you will get at doing it on the first read-through. All of this will undoubtedly aide you in becoming a better cold reader. Another way to gain a competitive advantage is to participate in a text analysis class that will help grow your skills in the interpretation of text and will make you a stronger actor. Text analysis classes usually cover a number of styles from Shakespeare to prose to poetry as well as contemporary stories and plays.
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