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Age is just a number

It will not define my skill set

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by Katherine Beck in Katherine's blog
27/05/2018

The other day I went out on an audition. The character breakdown was for a woman in her 50’s. At first I have to admit…I was a bit surprised. I certainly can’t play 18 anymore but I usually go out for roles in their thirties. I mean I am happy to play a woman in her fifties but would I really pass for this age bracket? I read the scenes and realised this was a woman not defined by age and I really loved the character and felt like I understood and connected to her right away.

So when I walked into the audition I did what I do best. I relied on my skills and enjoyed the performance and guess what? The casting director said my take on the character was completely different to all the other actresses who showed up. I stayed true to myself instead of trying to be whatever I thought the casting director or the director or the producer wanted to see.

And this rings true to accents too! While age is just a number, an accent is just sounds. I never let an accent define me or take over the performance. Trust what you got and let the performance lead you through. That’s what we really care about, not whether you got every sound correct. If the accent was perfect that would be boring. Nobody’s perfect, nobody’s accent is perfect and it is life’s imperfections that are what’s interesting to watch so enjoy the performance and trust your skill set no matter what!

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