Been traveling? Taken a break from acting? Or has it been a while since you had your last audition? If any of these things are true, then chances are, you probably need a way to keep your acting chops sharp.
Keeping in practice will help you maintain the rhythm yo’ll need when interacting with another actor in a scene. It will help you dive into a character when you’re forced to perform on-demand in a casting room. It will keep your listening skills sharp. And it will allow you to keep your inflections, and intonations, and body language skills sharp when inhabiting a character.
One way to make sure that you’re still knocking ‘em dead in the casting room is to download a myriad of free practice scenes that can be found for free- and without encountering any copyright issues. One very helpful site to find these scenes is mocksides which can be found at mocksides.com. And another resource for free sides is talentpages.com.
Once you’ve downloaded these free sides, and selected a handful of scenes that truly appeal to you, it may also be helpful to do a local google search of casting facilities that can rent you a space where you and another actor can practice your scenes.
During slow times, when the auditions or the parts aren’t coming, you’ll find that reading with another actor will certainly keep your acting chops sharp and increase your odds of nailing future auditions.