We sat down with writer and star of the industry-acclaimed web series The Auditions to pick his brain on his process behind common acting scenarios. Why? In an effort to learn more about the very talented actor but to also help you better navigate your way through your journey of acting; maybe there’s a process or approach in Jasper’s acting bag of tricks that might help you! Enjoy.
1. How do you APPROACH A SCRIPT?
First I read it (jumping straight into my lines like all actors surely do). Then I reread it. For audition scenes I like to learn off paper. So I print it off, then highlight the lines and learn them that way. I like to read the script a lot and let it really sink in. I’m more instinctual in my approach to characters, so I don’t do a lot of breaking down of the script, given circumstances, objectives etc…The work I would do would be reading the book if it’s based on a book, or the whole script if it’s available. Watch films that relate or learning about the history of a piece. I find it always helpful to run the lines out loud with a friend. Not knowing the lines well is the only thing that will make me nervous, so if I know them well generally I’m not that nervous and feel free in the room to play.
2. How do you CALM YOURSELF BEFORE AN AUDITION?
Usually I will listen to music. Sometimes I use it to help get into the right headspace I want to be in, or sometimes I’ll just let it be upbeat music to bring my energy up. Always leave enough time to get to an audition. Being late would be something that’d make me tense, so getting to an audition well on time keeps me calm.
3. How do you MINGLE AT INDUSTRY EVENTS?
Drink. Grab the free-food if it’s served and always thank the servers doing so (they probably are performers also). Then usually befriend a the person in the room not connected to the industry and have fun with them. I’m not very suave at ‘industry events’ so mostly I like to have fun with friends. I went to the opening night of the Sydney Film Festival this year, and between the screening and the party I quickly went to Burger King because I was starving. Then at the party, I talked to people for about half an hour before needing to go to the bathroom where I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and I had tomato sauce all over my face. Nobody said a thing. This is me at industry events.
4. How do you LET GO OF A ROLE AFTER REJECTION?
I’ll try to let go of a role as soon as I leave the casting. However if it’s a role I really want, and I’ve been close to getting it, and then find out I didn’t get it, I usually just let it go immediately. I don’t dwell. If you didn’t get it, then you didn’t get it. Nothing you can do. So there’s no point dwelling on it. If anything, you joke with your friends that “It’s gonna be a shit project anyway blah blah.”
5. How do you GET TO AN AUDITION?
I like to Uber. Just relieves the stress.
6. How do you WAIT IN AN AUDITION ROOM?
I like to read the material or just look at my phone. If there are other people in the waiting room I’ll usually just stay on my phone. I don’t like to have waiting room conversations with other actors before an audition. Happy to do it after.
7. How do you GET SAD FOR A ROLE?
I don’t think I ever try to get sad. I might listen to music sometimes to get into a certain headspace. If the scene makes me emotional then that stuff I find usually just takes care of itself. If it happens, it happens, but if it doesn’t affect you emotionally then it doesn’t. Something in the script should touch you and then just go with it.
8. How do you UNWIND AFTER A DAY OF SHOOTING/PERFORMING?
Reality TV helps me unwind.
9. How do you READ REVIEWS ABOUT YOURSELF?
Good reviews: Read them multiple times.
Bad reviews: What bad reviews?
10. WHY do you do this? Acting.
Because I love it.
You can catch the first and second season of Jasper’s acclaimed web series ‘The Auditions’ below (we’ve picked one of our favourite episodes to get you started!). We guarantee you there isn’t a web series more relatable to aspiring Aussie actors than this one – the laugh-out-loud moments we had were innumerable!
Oh, and recognise Jasper from this Latitude Financial commercial with Alec Baldwin? No tomato sauce on your face in that shot, Jasper. Good job!