Advanced CD Workshop Research

Hey Bon!

Thought you might dig my latest efforts —

I’m taking a CD workshop soon where we have to pick from the sides she has provided and prepare them. I picked a scene and naturally, I only have the info I’m given on the two pages.

All I know is the name of the show, that my wife is in the hospital, and that’s where the scene takes place. I thought, “Hmm, let’s see if I can get more info on the episode.” So I…

  • IMDb’d the show (it’s on its eleventh season, so there are a lot of episodes and cast members)
  • hit “command-F” on my Mac to bring up the search box
  • searched for the characters’ first names (the only info I have); search returned 3 females and 17 males, in case you’re wondering
  • found the two names that have the same last name and noted the season and episode
  • found the transcript online for that episode
  • verified it was the correct one
  • found the episode on Netflix

…and now I know everything I need to know regarding the history of these people.

BAM!!!

Research Mastah!

Brian

Research Mastah, indeed, Brian! Wow! I am so impressed at your resourcefulness. What I love, especially, is that you’re so cool to share this tactic with others.

Here’s why that act of sharing doesn’t *at all* erode any advantage you’ll have, in this CD workshop: Because most actors will look at the above and say, “Ugh. That’s a lot of WORK. It’s *just* a CD workshop. I get the tone of the show. I can nail this.”

And, y’know, they might be safe with that assumption. But how ninja to KNOW that everything that you *could* find out about how to rock that read, you now know? So ninja! The confidence with which you’ll approach this experience because you basically majored in the subject for a few hours will absolutely shine through.

Way to look like a booker!


Bonnie Gillespie is living her dreams by helping others figure out how to live theirs. Wanna work with Bon? Start here. Thanks!


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