NP: How do you determine whether you will audition for a role? How would you describe the process or method you use for the role and do you have any special dialogue/memory techniques?
Sloane: Determination for a role is based on a few things – first and foremost does the role and character present a challenge for me? If it doesn’t present much of a challenge, I don’t necessarily discard the notion of submitting for it. Perhaps it is a role I can turn into a challenge and possibly play a different way. Does it work with my schedule? Is it a role that can help me grow as an actor? Can I turn this scripted character into a real three-dimensional character?
Part of my mental exercise is that I break apart the script. I provide a backstory to what has happened to this character. I try to understand the intention of this character, choices they would make as well as considering the intentions of the other characters in the scene. If needed, I research the character and get to know everything about them. I also like to tape record myself while rehearsing as I’m trying to get the dialogue memorized. I want to actually HEAR what it sounds like. I go over and over the script anywhere, in the car, the shower, before I fall asleep, the moment I wake up, my daughters even help me (when appropriate). Also, I might discuss it with my acting coach to see if it is something we could work on together.
NP: Is pay rate determined by the role and whether the role is on or off-Broadway?
Sloane: Pay is different for each production. I recently got into the ACTORS EQUITY ASSOCIATION. That in turn offers me some support.
NP: Acting can be provocative, creative, stimulating and ‘fun’ work. Do you think some roles an actor works so hard at carries over to their private life? If so, how?
Sloane: I think given a certain character that you can really “bond with” and become, it can be easy to carry it over to our personal lives. Once the curtain closes or “It’s a wrap!” is said, you don’t necessarily leave that character right away. Some roles become a part of you and you can actually take something positive with you from it at the end. In a sense, it’s sort of a “parting gift.” We can all learn to be more creative and if that means taking it from a role that had an impact on you…why not.
NP: Do you see any trends in stage productions and acting as a result of technology (Internet, social media)? If you had a crystal ball what does the future of live theater look like from your perspective?
Sloane: I’ve heard stories of actors getting cast based on followers or friends they have on social media. I don’t know how valid this is as I feel actors should be cast based on talent. Marketing is essential for movies, theater, etc. It can now be done on social media as these sites increase the spread of information in lightning speeds. Everyone is connected to social media in one way or another. You do the numbers. So yes it does help however movie theater numbers are down the last few years. Many people prefer to stream from the comfort of their homes from different digital media’s that are available today.
I also think going to the theatre is a favorite pastime for any number of people and that will never change. There’s something about looking forward to a night out on the town and seeing a live production or musical. That said, I hope to move forward in my career and one day be on Broadway or land a lead role on LAW AND ORDER! I always say to myself, “Steps Randi…Steps.”