Matchmaker Musings

Audition advice to be taken with many grains of salt. Everybody's got an opinion. Season to taste. ;)

What song categories should EVERY actor have in their audition book?

Apr 23, 2017
 

As a rep coach, I constantly get asked the question:

"What are the song categories EVERY actor should have in their book?"

In fact, I get asked this question so often that last week I took to the airwaves to address it. (See the above video.)

My shocking iconoclastic reveal?

I don't think there’s a set list of song categories that belongs in every single person's audition book.

*CUE GASPS*

I've seen a number of these lists come out of different BFA programs, and I just don't think there's a one-size-fits-all solution.

I'm sorry, but you just can't convince me that I, Sara Glancy, need a Gilbert and Sullivan song in my book.

But you know what I do need?

Waaaaaaay more than 1 pop-rock song.

That one-size-fits all model DOES NOT FIT ME.

And I'm guessing it doesn't fit you either.

Which is why I created....

 It's a free workbook that will help you determine what song categories YOU specifically need to have in your audition book.

You're a different actor than your...

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Why Pixar Movies Work (And that Ballad Does Not)

Jun 15, 2015

This weekend I made the EXCELLENT choice to rewatch Pixar’s “Coco.”

As expected, I laughed, I sighed, and I cried buckets. I very rarely cry at movies, but inevitably SOB during Pixar movies. Don’t judge. We all have.  Those emotionally manipulative warlocks had us choking up 5 minutes into “UP”!

And as an actor it made me wonder: Why is it exactly that Pixar seems to have a direct line to our tear ducts?

And more importantly: How can I steal this wizardry?!?

Because let’s face it, when was the last time the short-song cut of that contemporary ballad got HALF the emotional reaction of Sully saying goodbye to Boo in Monsters, Inc.? What are we doing wrong?!

I have a theory!

Let’s take a look at five of the most tear-jerking Pixar moments and see what they have in common. In no particular order:

  1.  UP: The Opening Montage

We see the a couple fall in love, get married, deal with infertility, build a home, have some small...

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