As you come in for callbacks and certainly for any network or screen test on a film, you need to be off-book.
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You can still hold your sides if you need to , but be off-book. Being off book allows you to connect to the person you're reading with and be present. When the actor is continually looking down at his sides, it takes me, the viewer, out of the scene. Being off-book means you are going to be on your toes when that rare moment comes along, and the director actually gives you notes in the room and asks you to do it again. Yay you! It means they want to see if you actually CAN take direction.
Since you know the material like the back of your hand, you'll be able to LISTEN and weave those notes into your already fine-tuned and thought-out performance.
Hot Tip 1: Hold the sides in front of you. Turn the pages along with the flow of the scene so that if you do get lost, you can easily dip down and find your place and continue along, with ease and grace, and we don't have to stop and start over. If you get lost, how you get back on track is also something we look for. If you have a total meltdown and start apologizing and freak out and dissolve into a puddle because you got lost or have to start over, that gives us pause because we wonder how you will be "on the day" if you aren't handling things well in our little office when the meter isn't running yet!
We're all human. We make mistakes. How we handle them is the key. Hot Tip 2: Holding the sides shows the network and studio executives who are watching the audition outside the room, that it is a work in progress. It's not a finished product. But now it seems she needs protecting. Someone is making harassing phone calls and sending her bizarre gifts. Her brother, Cole, comes to her aid, along with his new partner, Detective Mitch Morgan.
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As her relentless stalker turns up the heat and the danger intensifies, Mitch takes a personal interest in the case. Because protecting Alison has become more than a job; his future depends on keeping her safe. Deputy Marshal Jake Taylor has seen plenty of action as a member of the U. Marshals Special Operations Group, including a recent stint in Iraq. His antipathy toward her is just as strong as it was five years ago, when her husband—his best friend—died in a possible suicide. Forced to reevaluate his opinion, he also finds himself grappling with a growing attraction.
And when it becomes clear that an unknown enemy may want her dead, the stakes go up. Because now both her life—and his heart—are in danger. But Rachel Sutton is an enigma. She seems normal when she shows up at the FBI office in St. Louis—until she produces a tattered Raggedy Ann doll she found and tells him it gives her bad vibes. Yet danger abounds when a determined killer shatters their unexpected reunion.
But who is the target? And why? As they search for answers, the peril escalates. Will they find the killer before he can complete his mission? Or is this new chapter in their long-ago summertime romance destined to have an unhappy ending? Estranged from her diplomat father, who is involved in a sensitive hostage situation in the Middle East, she refuses to be intimidated by a related terrorist threat back in the States…until a chilling warning convinces her that the danger is very real—and escalating.
And with every second that ticks by, Coop knows that the odds of saving the only woman who has ever managed to breach the walls around his heart are dropping. After tragedy upends her world, Jeannette Mason retreats to the tiny Oregon seaside town of Hope Harbor to create a new life. Vowing to avoid emotional attachments, she focuses on running her lavender farm and tearoom—until a new neighbor with a destructive dog and a forlorn little girl invades her turf.
Logan West is too busy coping with an unexpected family, a radical lifestyle change, and an unruly pup to have any interest in his reclusive neighbor. A crumbling lighthouse is not part of the inheritance Army doctor Ben Garrison expects to claim when he journeys to Hope Harbor. Fresh out of the service, he wants only to unload the tower of bricks, decompress from years of treating battlefield trauma, and prepare to launch his civilian career.
Hope Harbor Herald editor Marci Weber has other ideas. Sparks fly as the two go head to head over the fate of the lighthouse. But when they start to cooperate, a different kind of fire ignites. Can Hope Harbor heal the hearts of these two romance-wary souls? Hope Harbor police chief Lexie Graham has plenty on her plate raising her son alone and dealing with a sudden rash of petty theft and vandalism in her Oregon coast hometown.
She has zero time for extracurricular activities—including romance. Yet wishing for things that can never be is foolish. However, when Lexie enlists his help to keep a young man from falling into a life of crime, sparks begin to fly. And as they work together, it soon becomes apparent that God may have a different…and better…future planned for them than either could have imagined. Instead of plotting his next career move in peace, he's constantly distracted by noise, chaos--and BJ Stevens, the attractive but prickly blonde architect and construction chief who's invaded the house with her motley crew.
As for BJ, her client's son might be handsome, but after a disastrous romance, dating isn't high on her agenda. Yet when they join forces to create a program for Hope Harbor seniors, might they also find healing, hope, and a new beginning themselves? Tracy Campbell never wanted to leave Hope Harbor, Oregon, or the idyllic three-generation cranberry farm where she grew up. But life—and love—altered her plans.
Romance is not on her agenda. The visitor from Chicago has daunting secrets and devastating regrets of his own. But when Tracy recruits him to help with a project that is close to her heart, winds of change begin to sweep through Hope Harbor, bringing healing, hope, and love to countless lives—including their own. Claire Summers is a determined, independent single mother who is doing her best to make lemonade out of the lemons life has handed her.
Keith Watson is a results-oriented workaholic with no time for a social life. As the executive assistant to a local philanthropic businessman, he's used to fielding requests for donations. But when a letter from Claire's eleven-year-old daughter reaches his desk, everything changes.
The girl isn't asking for money, but for help finding the long-lost son of an older neighbor. As Keith digs reluctantly into this complicated assignment, he has no idea how intertwined his life and Claire's will become--nor how one little girl's kindhearted request will touch so many lives and reap so many blessings. Karen has carried the burden of responsibility for her aging mother ever since her gorgeous sister left town years ago to pursue a career in theater.
But Val had darker reasons for leaving town—as well as a secret to keep—and coming home has never been an option. Once reunited in their hometown, Karen and Val must grapple with their past mistakes, their relationship with each other, and their issues with a mother who is far from ideal. When a physical therapist raising his daughter alone and a handsome but hurting musician enter the picture, the summer takes on a whole new dimension.
As their lives intersect and entwine, can each learn how to forgive, how to let go, and how to move on? And during this summer of grace, might they also find the courage to love? When Rachel Shaw and Jack Fletcher meet on a sunny Georgia barrier island, it seems like the perfect start to a romance.
There's just one problem—neither is the least bit interested in falling in love. They're simply looking for peace, and time to work through their losses.
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Their meddling matchmaking would drive Rachel and Fletch nuts if the two younger people weren't busy helping restore a house for one of Gram's charities. Yet as they repair the house, their hearts also begin to mend. And before the summer ends, might Rachel and Fletch discover not only the charms of this Golden Isle but of each other? After almost three years, cop-turned-naturalist Clint Nolan is beginning to think of Starfish Bay in northern California as home.
The tiny town is a world away from the tragedy he left behind in the East, and his demons and self-recriminations are subsiding.
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He might even consider a new romantic relationship if the right woman comes along. New to town, the concierge at the upscale Inn at The Point reminds him too much of his former love. He can tolerate her as a tenant, but he intends to walk a wide circle around her personally. Yet those plans change when Kristen is unexpectedly reunited with the daughter she gave up for adoption at birth.
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As her world spins out of control, Clint finds himself being pulled into her life—and wondering if she might be the very woman God intended for him all along. Kay also made the wedding cake and we topped it with the two little people that adorned Scott and my wedding cake 28 years ago and tiny white roses we picked from the rose bushes that grow around our chicken coop now.
My mom planted these bushes 12 years ago from her old bushes that she dug up from her rose garden that is now mostly a mandarin orchard. Oma said the roses would make the chickens smell nice.
And they do. Thanks, Oma for everything you and Opa provided. Opa brought in his tractor and we used the bucket as an ice chest.