“Prepare, Prepare, Prepare…” ~Jonny Orsini 9/27/2015
On Sunday September 27, 2015 TSS Alum Jonny Orsini joined Terry Schreiber at T.Schreiber Studio for a talk back with past and current students of the studio. Jonny Orsini – Winner of the Clive Barnes Most Promising Newcomer Award, and Theatre World’s Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence for his Broadway performance in The Nance opposite Nathan Lane, and most recently could be seen in A Fish in The Dark, by Larry David on Broadway. Starting October 27th he can be seen in Incident at Vichy, by Arthur Miller at Pershing Square Signature Theatre.
Jonny shared his experiences as a working actor in New York and his work here at the studio, followed by a question and answer period. “Prepare. Prepare. Prepare.” Jonny could not emphasize enough the importance of preparation. Getting started in New York can be daunting to an actor. There were 3 books recommended to him, Acting Professionally, by Robert Cohen; Acting As A Business, by Brian O’Neil and The New York Agent Book. His career has been created by “little breaks along the way” . Targeting a select group of midsized agencies he sent out letters-not headshots and resumes-but letters to agents, succinctly written and indicating his headshot and resume will be following in a day or two. This paid off. He signed with his agent, but that is only part of the process. His agent gets him in the room, but it is up to him to get called back. He referred to the audition process for War Horse, by Nick Stafford at Lincoln Center, while he wasn’t cast he has been called back many times. Why? He prepared. He researches the people he will be meeting with, who will be in the room and most of all the character. To be off book-knowing the lines- allows him to be freer with the character during the audition.
He studied with Terry Schreiber and Page Clements at T.Schreiber studio and says the tools and training he received he still uses. Training is an important part of an actors preparation. Solid training helps in so many ways. Being genuine and generous also are key. Don’t lie, not a good idea. And he is generous he finds if you are generous with yourself people will reciprocate. We can’t thank Jonny enough for taking the time to sit down with us and share his insight and experience. We wish him the best of luck for all his future endeavors. Really looking forward to seeing him in Incident at Vichy in October. What a great night and everyone enjoyed his insights and openness.