My god this is f***ing hard!
Here I was, sitting at my desk with a pile of sides thinking, 'How hard
can it be, really? It just reading lines, saying the words!'
So, I chose a random scene, read over it a couple of times and off I
went into the crappy little camera built into my otherwise trusty
computer. And I'm telling you, reading sides with no one reading with
you sucks even more than reading them with a crap reader! Especially,
when you're doing the whole cold reading thing and have to read not only
your own lines but the other character's lines as well.
Totally threw me. So, it is probably the perfect way to teach myself the
art of cold reading. It means that I really really really have to
focus. It means that I have to decide on and commit to relationships and
intentions and all that juicy stuff way faster than I normally would,
which incidentally means that there's less chance of me second-guessing
But man, this first cold reading DIY session was hard! One nice thing to
see though was that through all the confusion of this first attempt I
lost less of my GenAm during the scene than I would have thought.
Practice might have not yet made me perfect but I sure have improved a
lot. The other good thing about this first session is that the only way
form here on out is up! And that's exactly where I want to go. It's a
win win situation, really.