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9 Questions to Ask Yourself When Rehearsing a New Scene!

Have you ever had a situation where you are auditioning for a role and the casting director asks you to do a cold read? Have you ever had trouble getting into character while you are on set? Well Uta Hagen's "9 Questions" can help you get a feeling for and ground your character!


Tony Award Winning Actor, Uta Hagen.


Without further ado, here are Uta Hagen's "9 Questions":


1. Who am I?

Who is your character? Identify all the details: name, age, physical traits, education, personal opinions, likes, dislikes, fears, ethics, beliefs, etc.


2. What time is it?

The year, the season, the day, the minute. What is the significance of that time?


3. Where am I?

Identify the country, the city or town, the neighborhood, building, room, or where in that room are you.


4. What surrounds me?

What is happening in the environment surrounding you? What's the weather? Landscape? People? Objects?


5. What are the given circumstances?

Identify events in the past, present, and future: What has happened? What is happening? What is going to happen?


6. What are my relationships?

More than just your relationship with and to other people, it's your relationship to objects, characters, events, etc.


7. What do I want?

What do you want right here, right now? What does your character want overall: an ultimate want?


8. What is in my way?

What obstacles keep you from getting or achieving what you want?


9. What do I do to get what I want?

What actions do you take - verbally, physically, both? What tactics do you implement?


Asking yourself these "9 Questions" helps focus on the details of the scene, your character, and the show as a whole. Use these questions beyond the stage: prepare your next on-camera audition using these questions and you won't be struggling to understand your character. You'll know them better than anyone and will help you stand out in your audition.


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