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The Science and Art of Acting for the Camera by John Howard Swain

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Chapter 17

The Slate

The slate is the first thing that happens at an audition. It’s also the most important part of the audition. Yet very few actors know how to do it properly. When you walk into a studio, the casting director is going to point the camera at you and ask you to say your name. That’s the slate.

Sounds simple enough, right? We all know our names. But do you know how to say your name so that the people watching the playback of your audition will lean forward in their chairs and be excited to hear what you have to say or do next?

Here’s the deal: the people watching the playbacks have the power of the remote. If your slate grabs their attention they’ll watch the rest of what you do. If the way you say your name doesn’t get ...

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