Of course you will always have opportunities for great questions that are unique to the production you are doing. I recently did a comedy musical that was about sex addicts car pooling to group therapy. Naturally we asked the cast questions about what they were addicted to and what was the strangest place they ever had sex.
Whether you’re doing a written, audio, or video interview the key is to ask good questions. So I’ve included some example questions here to help get you thinking.
Last week I announced a downloadable marketing calendar template that you can use as the foundation for your own show promotion. One of the tactics included on that calendar is interviews of your cast and production team, but what makes for a compelling interview? I know I’ve read a few “meet the cast” pages that actually made me less interested in buying a ticket.
Use general questions like the one above as a foundation, but be sure to add in one or two questions that are directly connected to your show.
I’ve written before about how to best market a theatre production with your cast and what you can reasonably expect from them regarding promotion. I won’t go into that again here, but you can see my thoughts on it. Assuming you buy into this tactic (which I have used in some way or other on every show I’ve promoted since I started marketing theatre in 2010) let’s get into what sort of questions are going to create the most compelling responses.
Actors often face challenges while performing. The interviewer may ask this question to learn more about your problem-solving skills and how you overcome obstacles in the workplace. In your answer, describe a specific situation where you had to overcome a challenge during a performance. Explain what steps you took to solve the issue and what the outcome was.
Example: “I’m constantly in character when I’m not on set. As an actress, it’s important to stay connected to the emotions and motivations of my characters even when I’m not actively playing them. To do this, I often find myself imagining how a scene might play out or what my character would say in a certain situation. This helps me remain engaged with my craft and keeps me prepared for any role that comes my way.
Actors often work in teams to create a cohesive performance. Employers ask this question to see if you can collaborate with others and share your ideas. In your answer, explain how you enjoy working as part of a team. Share an example of a time when you collaborated with other actors or production staff members.
I believe my experience with this role has given me the skills necessary to take on any role and make it my own. I am confident in my ability to bring characters to life through my acting and create memorable performances. I am passionate about my craft and strive to always give my best performance.”
I also strive to be a team player when working with other actors and crew members. I understand how important it is to collaborate and work together to ensure a successful production. I’m always willing to take direction and feedback from directors and producers in order to deliver the best performance possible.”