Following on from yesterdays post I’ve had quite a few of you ask me what actually are ‘Uta Hagen’s 9 Questions For Actors’.
As a photographer who specialises in shooting headshots for actors, I often take headshots of young and aspiring thespians, many of which are still studying and constantly looking for ways to increase their knowledge and acting technique. I don’t profess to have all the answers but I do have a healthy interest in ensuring I can help my clients and add value to every session that I shoot.
After all my clients are my lifeblood and as I spend most of my working week in the company of actors I always want to be able to pass on an extra little piece of advice, tips or tricks to help my clients get the very best out of themselves and out of our headshot session. I get a huge thrill out of coaching and coaxing fantastic 10×8’s for Spotlight and other casting services, of seeing my clients move on with success their career and hopefully reaching heady heights.
When I came across ‘Uta Hagen’s 9 Questions For Actors’ I instantly thought that this would be great information to pass on and share with others. I hope you enjoy this post and share it with others who may benefit from it. So here there are. Uta Hagen’s 9 Questions For Actors:
- WHO AM I?
(All the details about your character including name, age, address, relatives, likes, dislikes, hobbies, career, description of physical traits, opinions, beliefs, religion, education, origins, enemies, loved ones, sociological influences, etc.)
- WHAT TIME IS IT?
(Century, season, year, day, minute, significance of time)
- WHERE AM I?
(Country, city, neighbourhood, home, room, area of room)
- WHAT SURROUNDS ME?
(Animate and inanimate objects-complete details of environment)
- WHAT ARE THE GIVEN CIRCUMSTANCES?
(Past, present, future and all of the events)
- WHAT IS MY RELATIONSHIP?
(Relation to total events, other characters, and to things)
- WHAT DO I WANT?
(Character’s need. The immediate and main objective)
- WHAT IS IN MY WAY?
(The obstacles, which prevent character from getting his/her need)
- WHAT DO I DO TO GET WHAT I WANT?
(The action: physical and verbal, also-action verbs)
Footage from Uta Hagen’s acting masterclass: