You have an audition next week and the role you are trying out for or the song you are singing deals with a young girl who is an only child and lives with her working mother. Her father left when she was 8 years old leaving her crushed, alone and feeling at fault for everything that has happened between her parents. This role may be difficult to portray because you come from a large family; both parents live at home; you have a stay-at-home mom and life has treated you and your family well. How do you connect with this young girl? The script you have been given includes the spoken lines but not the inner emotion needed to “be” that girl.
The answer is simple: READ BOOKS!
If you don’t know what it is like to have lost someone close to you, read about it. If you haven’t met the love of your life yet, read about it. If you have never moved to a different city and had to face adjustments at school, read about it.
Reading will not only enhance your acting characterizations, but also the interpretation of a song. It is all about relating to the lyrics. like Carrie Underwood, so that your audience will feel the emotion. In my book, “Mom! I Want To Be A Star,” I constantly talk about the need to sound believable and to portray the correct emotion.
Make new friends in books and experience new situations!