Daniel Roebuck TV & Film Auditions Class

Be careful whose foot you step on. That’s how Sinclair Adjunct  Liz Eichler met TV and film actor Daniel Roebuck while they were both still in high school in Bethlehem, PA.
 
Roebuck was in the area visiting Eichler (they remain friends to this day) so was available to come to Sinclair to teach a master class in film and TV auditions to Kimberly Borst’s Theatre Auditions class on March 21st in building 2.
 
According to Roebuck, “yeah, I stepped on her foot, then saw her again at a theatre the same night. We stayed active in theatre throughout high school and were chosen for a performing arts program together. There were only 60 selected from across the state so the fact that two of us got in from the same school was unusual, but obviously meant to be.”
 
He also feels he was always meant to be an actor and mesmerized students in the class with tales of his successful journey. Even making a “bad” movie can get you good connections but the best attribute is to be a good and generous human being.
 
Of course it’s important to prepare yourself by getting education and training but auditioning requires:
•Quick memorization – you MUST know the words
•Improvisational ability – if you know the words you can concentrate on direction
•Knowing how to alter yourself to better fit the character 
•A clear understanding of what buyers are looking for in the room.
•A self-confident understanding that you define the audition, not the other way around. 
 
Not only do these qualities prepare you for your best audition, they allow you to be respectful of others’ time. No one has time to waste whether it’s a potential producer, director or crewmember. Roebuck told a story that when he was on Lost he would often be covered in mud by the end of the shoot. Even so, he would take off his muddy clothes and hang them up just as he found them, showing respect for the wardrobe crew and their job.  “Respect matters,” said Roebuck.
 
Roebuck shared his “reel” and a presentation entitled: The Audition is the Job (available at www.theauditionisthejob.com)
 
Theatre faculty Kimberly Borst said: “The students LOVED him! He was warm, welcoming, and a great speaker.  After speaking for an hour and a half, he spent a lot of time signing autographs and talking one on one with everyone. He also stopped by our Godspell rehearsal (a show he directed nearly 30 years ago).”