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As any actor knows, auditioning can be brutal. You’re forced to stand up in front of potential employers and have only one chance to prove you are right for the role. It can be intimidating, and many actors believe the deck is stacked against them the moment they walk into their audition.
Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey thinks this is the wrong mentality and that actors need to remember that casting directors, producers and directors want them to succeed.
“No matter how cold, or to some degree rude, they might be, they are on your side for a single reason,” explains Spacey. “They have a problem they have to solve, they have to cast this damn thing. They’ve been sitting in this goddamn room day after day and no one has done it for them. They want you to be good, they want you to solve their problem because they’d rather go to lunch and drink wine.”
This exclusive clip is from Spacey’s new class that teaches students his unique approach to acting. It’s part of the MasterClass
series, an online education company which invites high profile instructors like Dustin Hoffman, Serena Williams and Usher to create in-depth instructional videos on a specific topic.
The Spacey MasterClass on acting includes over 29 different lessons spread over five hours of video, a 40-page workbook, interactive assignments and “office hours” where Spacey answers questions and gives feedback on students’ video-submitted performances. Spacey’s class is available for purchase today.