It was Rosie Keogh’s brain we picked this week. We sat down with the Toowoomba-born actress, writer and founder of Rose May Photography and asked her her HOWS. We hope they make yours a little easier. Enjoy.
1. How do you APPROACH A SCRIPT?
When I receive a script I will print it, read through the whole scene a number of times to get a sense of the given circumstances. I will then question what is my character’s intention (what do I want from the other character in the scene) I will usually find hints in the writing through scene analysis or I will write down a few options instinctually. From here I might read through the scene a few times to myself just to play around with various approaches; this helps me narrow down what feels best and I will make notes of what worked on the side of the page (some triggers to recall when I begin learning the lines). Learning the lines I always work with another person if I am able to, having them read my lines word for word as well as the other characters. Then I will repeat each line back multiple times, until I feel confident enough to move on to the next moment. It’s a slow process but I find it really helps everything sink in. I will continue to run the scene with a partner until I can say the words without thinking about what’s next. If I don’t have someone with me I will record my voice as if I were the other person and do the entire process this way (I find it still works!).
2. How do you CALM YOURSELF BEFORE AN AUDITION?
To be honest it’s always an uphill battle for me addressing pre-audition nerves. I think feeling confident, knowing I have done everything I can to the best of my ability, really helps relax me. I will also wake up extra early, meditate, go to the gym (if I have time) and run the scene a few times – basically being super prepared. Being early calms me down and also I don’t mind a chat to other actors in the room (yes I’m that person). I think a bit of human connection helps me stay present and out of my head.
3. How do you MINGLE AT INDUSTRY EVENTS?
I tend to go with a few friends and that makes mingling easier as I usually meet their friends and their friends friends etc. I chat about normal things work and how their life is, whats going on for them etc. I know some people who take business cards and that works for them but I tend to keep a really casual approach when at these events.
4. How do you LET GO OF A ROLE AFTER REJECTION?
I just forget about it, I try not to dwell on the events that occurred. Organising something fun after an audition helps me, it makes it easier to let things go. I always confirm to myself if I get in a state that “I did the best I could with what I was given in that moment.” That helps me let go as thinking about it over and over will not and can not change anything.
5. How do you GET TO AN AUDITION?
I usually catch public transport or an Uber, less stress.
6. How do you WAIT IN AN AUDITION ROOM?
Earlier I mentioned that I tend to chat to the other actors in the room, but if I’m alone I will go over my choices and maybe practice the scene to myself.
7. How do you GET SAD FOR A ROLE?
I will put myself in the character’s shoes and really do my best to put my heart on the line for the story. If I’m having an off day or struggle to connect to the material I have a few moments in my past that usually trigger those emotions, I will recall those visual memories in as much detail as I can.
8. How do you UNWIND AFTER A DAY OF SHOOTING/PERFORMING?
Watching my favourite sitcoms and comedy series helps me unwind. Oh, and a nice long shower!
9. How do you READ REVIEWS ABOUT YOURSELF?
I guess I always try to see things from their perspective and remind myself everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I think Acting is like any art form, there will always be critics so I won’t take it too seriously (good or bad).
10. How do you GREET YOUR CAST-MATES FOR THE FIRST TIME?
Usually I shake their hand and introduce myself. Ask them how the day is going or how the morning has been, I might ask them what their interpretation of the material is and some more character type questions but it depends on how much time I have and the person.
11. WHY do you do this? Acting.
On a practical level I really enjoy discovering new physical behaviours and the challenge of learning new skills. I also feel like for me acting tickles that philosophical question on what it is to be human being. Acting gives me the opportunity to consider life from another’s perspective, often challenging my own values and beliefs, I find it to be a strange but beautiful process, and always humbling.
You can catch Rosie in the upcoming thriller film ‘Green River: Part Two’ when it hits festivals later this year/early next year. Check the trailer out below.
And if there was anything else you wanted to know about the very gifted actress, you can visit her socials:
Oh and here’s a fun fact: Rosie played Teresa Palmer’s body double in Hacksaw Ridge! Exciting, huh?!