By Jeremy Gordon
GO FOR IT! Just GO FOR IT! I’m often asked to give advice to actors, be it from an article, social media post, interview or podcast. I love sharing my opinions. They are loud and passionate. Hey! I’m from New York. Sue me! No…wait….please, don’t!
Recently I was asked a very difficult question in an interview by Trevor Algatt, when he interviewed me for his podcast, INSIDE ACTING.
Trevor’s question put me on the spot but has since become my favorite question I’ve ever been asked in an interview, “What is the one ‘golden nugget’ of advice you can give actors in one sentence?” Wow. That’s a doozy. There’s so much to tell you and those who know me or read my Backstage column know I’m anything but brief. In a flash it came to me. It’s the way I live my life, thank you mom and dad. “GO FOR IT!” Don’t hold back.Think and be smart but GO FOR IT. Hesitation kills, or so say the roadside raccoons. When are your auditions the best? When you go for it! When do we all find the most success? When we go for it. History has not been made by waiting or half assing it. At some point you must trust that you have the education and training and experience and the only thing holding you back is yourself. So GO FOR IT!
Years ago, when I was casting one of my very first movies, Doll Graveyard, a very talented actress by the name ofKrysten Green came in to audition for the sexy, blonde girl that gets killed first in the horror film. Let me repeat that it was one of the first movies I ever worked on so I didn’t really know that actors are not supposed to use the CD as a prop in their audition. She asked. I said, “Sure!” and she placed me in a chair in the middle of the room with the director and producer quietly sitting in the corner (thanks for the warning, Joe Dain!). The scene required that she seduce me, her boyfriend. As I’m sitting in an office chair on wheels, she starts the scene and is sitting on my lap and she’s doing a great job (with the scene, ahem ahem). All of a sudden the chair falls backwards and I’m flat on my back and she is literally straddling me. No joke! If ever there was a time for an actor to ask to start a scene over, it was now. She never asked to start over. She kept going. The director and producer were trying not to bust out laughing and I didn’t know WTF to do. Krysten finished the scene, helped me up, and picked up the chair as if this was no big thing. As funny as all of this was, and it was all kinds of funny, what really stood out to me was that she WENT FOR IT. Legendary director, Charles Band, hired her in the room. I’ve since retired my career as an audition prop but I will tell that story until the end of time. Props to Krysten Green and all of you who just GO FOR IT!
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