Cold reading technique and the purpose of cold reading class are both widely misunderstood. When actors first experience cold reading at The Actor’s Boot Camp, they are often surprised to learn that it is not just mastering the mechanics of working with new copy, lifting the lines off the page, holding the page a certain way, etc. Most cold reading instruction focuses on these types of mechanics, as if creating the outer appearance of a scene has any chance of earning the actor a callback or an actual job from a casting director or director.
A cold reading without the heat of organic, dynamic acting behind it is just that – a reading that leaves people cold. You cannot ignore basic acting training and instead just learn to read copy. Regardless of your level of name recognition in this town, your auditors need to see that you can deliver the final product in the audition room, before you ever even get near the set.
Truth is, as much as you want to be in film and television and as quickly as you want to get there, if you belong to that group of actors who view acting as an inconvenience on the way to celebrity, then acting classes in Los Angeles will become just that, an unpleasant experience which must be endured. So the next time you’re considering taking a new acting class that focuses on cold reading, ask yourself if good acting training is a part of that class – and you will have your answer.