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ACTING WISDOM – Fill The Moment

"Don't Fill the space, fill the moment." Gayla Goehl

“Don’t Fill the space, fill the moment.” Gayla Goehl

I was coaching a young actress who was auditioning for a starring role on a Disney comedy. We were coaching in a large studio and I had the camera on her in a tight close up. However, her energy was focusing on filling the entire area of the space and not focused on filling in the moments of the audition sides. I said “Don’t fill the space, fill the moment.”   She got it. She had been using all her creative energy to deliver a bigger performance than what was needed when watching it on-camera.  The camera was picking up that her moments in the audition sides were not as developed and specific as they should be.  We worked together to find  the series of moments she needed to hit within each of the scenes.  I thought she was hilarious.  And the Disney Network thought so too and…well, three seasons of that very show later she is still making people laugh every week.

Casting Director offices as well as sets and locations  come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are huge and others are incredibly small. Either way don’t concentrate on filling the space, concentrate on filling the moments within the script.


Acting Rules: The question is sometimes the answer.


To act or not to act and just be?  That is the question.

-Gayla Goehl, Acting Elements

There is a common mistake in using the word ‘acting’. Often a new student of acting or their parent thinks that this means to ‘pretend’ and even more often they think it means to pretend ‘unrealistically’.

If, when you are acting, you feel fake, then stop. Being fake more won’t suddenly make you truthful. Tell yourself to ‘stop acting’ and instead just be.  Maybe that means to be ‘in character’ or be ‘more centered’ or be ‘in the moment’.

There are many ways of thinking about using the word ‘be’ instead of ‘act’. What ever makes you the most truthful in the moment is the best choice.

Read the quote again.

Which ever works best for you is the answer.

WISDOM: In themselves, children will feel secure…



“In themselves, children will feel secure when secure in themselves are the others they look up to.” Kid Yoda


Halloween 2013.  I am the Queen of the Spiders today.  Walking like I’m Queen of the Spiders. Talking like I’m Queen of the Spiders. Handing out spider rings to my little spider minions.   Making sure that all the kids see that as an adult I am secure in having fun in character. This makes my actions today even more important than my words.