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Let’s Get Physical: Defining the Term “Blocking”

Term Defined: Blocking

Blocking is the movement incorporated into a performance. Blocking includes where you walk, sit, enter, exit, etc. Depending on the director, blocking can be very casual or overly detailed and generally takes place early in the rehearsal process.

Blocking is important because it adds character and life to a performance. No one wants to see an actor simply standing still reciting lines. They want to see you get physical! Blocking helps to better define your character, emotions and motivation. It also helps to move the story along.

Before going on an audition I highly recommend blocking out the scene you will be performing. I recently went on to a casting call for a hair commercial. I had my locks curled just right and a killer outfit for pictures. I thought I had it in the bag! However, when I stepped into the audition room they immediately wanted to see how me and my hair moved. I hadn’t given much thought to my poses or how my walk would effect the bounce of my hair. I knew I was in trouble because I didn’t block out my audition beforehand. Don’t make the same mistake…BLOCK!

What elements of blocking do you like to bring into your performance? Share with us in the comments below!

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Mason O’Brien is ClaimFame’s professional Casting Coach. Mason has worked in casting for years and is also the owner and operator of Bluprint Coaching, a life coaching service based out of Los Angeles. Mason, “The Practical Coach”, works one-on-one with clients during periods of transition to design the next and best phase of their life!

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