Here is our NYC acting schools tips on how to do a fantastic job with an understudy assignment:
- Be prepared. Memorizing your lines is the easy part. Then comes the challenge of waiting and waiting, ready to perform at the drop of a hat, as well as the lead, if you are needed. Don't just memorize your lines, memorize the mantra: "There are no small parts, only small actors." Always take the extra time you have as an understudy to rehearse and hone your performance. This is an educational investment in yourself as an actor, whether or not you are asked to perform in this role.
- Use it. Use the extra time you have to study the techniques of other actors, to network with other professionals, and to be an all-around excellent person to work with. Being an understudy may be unglamorous, but your professionalism will pay off in ways you cannot predict.
- Support the lead. Be vigilant at rehearsals not only to the material you are memorizing, but to not distract, annoy, or show anything less than respect and support to your lead.