Cahill is set to hit the stage
in a one woman show.
Another important part of auditioning is to understand you can’t act an idea. The veteran actor says, “You have ideas about a character i.e. he might get excited and anxious when something is important to him, and he rushes his speech, etc. You can rehearse that at home, but when you walk into a room, your job is to forget about all that and relax.” Relaxing is key to being able to deliver the kind of performance that will be exactly what you want to communicate.
The most important tip is to forget about any pre-ordained character traits you have in your mind. “You’ll be outside of yourself furiously trying to match up what it is going on in the present moment with some image of how things should be, says Murphy, “You’ll be unavailable, and you won’t be in the room. You’ll be inside your head, and that is what everyone else will see.”
About Thomas Francis Murphy: while living in Little Rock, AR, Murphy decided to take an acting class. The course changed his direction in life and acting became an enduring preoccupation. He spent over 20 years on the East Coast with a paintbrush in one hand and a script in the other while pursuing a career in the theatre. He picked up a degree along the way and trained with Shakespeare& Co of Lenox; MA then spent years performing off-off-Broadway houses in New York where his work in the plays of Sam Shepard garnered high praise in the New York Times and several other publications.
So you got the part! Wait.. you have to ride a horse, don't panic.
Actor Thomas Francis Murphy is no stranger to stepping outside of his comfort zone for a role. When he picked up the full script for the Free State of Jones, he realized portraying Elias Hood wasn’t going to be easy.
“No one had ever asked me if I could ride a horse and when I looked at the script. It was like holy moly; my character never gets off one,” Murphy says. He was given some advice by patient and well-respected wranglers that helped him immensely. Murphy said, "The first tip is to wear shoes that can easily slip out of the stirrups, or you may be in for a ride from a position never intended."
Murphy says, “I ended up throwing my back out, riding with braces (and) going to a chiropractor.”
"Another word of advice," says Murphy, "is remember to ride with your legs and not the reigns." A person's legs connect the body to the horse. It's where and how a rider signals intent."
Horseback riding skills were not the only fascinating part of this film for Murphy. He was also captivated by the character Elias Hood. “This is a story about tribal loyalties among other things, and Hood was in the middle,” states Murphy. The role helped remind him to empathize with those overwhelmed by circumstances that were not of their choosing. It leads to them lashing out, doing what they believe is right for their situation.
He views Hood “like a man without a country.” Without any loyalties in a time of clashing tribes, he wasn’t aligned with the interests of the planter class. To toss his character further into dissonance from those around him, Hood saw himself as a soldier above all. Murphy says he can relate to his character as they are both older and have unfulfilled ambition. “This can lead to a certain arrogance and narrowness of vision,” he confesses. “On some level, he believed he had been tasked with protecting his world—his view of the world—from descending into chaos.”
The first tip for new actors is to understand acting is about obstacles. Never waste them. For example, if your biggest fear is the distance between yourself and what you believe the producers and directors are looking for work on that. “You are there for the same purpose,” says Murphy,” they want you to succeed as much as you want to achieve so let go of your fear bring whatever you have to the table.”
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The actor known for his roles in 12 years a slave and True Detective has a few tricks up his sleeved when it comes to auditioning for different roles.
Murphy started in the theatre but admits Television is a different animal. “Auditioning is hell, but you have to get used to it. In the world of TV and Film, in particular, you are likely to walk into rooms with producers and casting directors who very much have an idea of how a character walks or talks and how the scene is “supposed to go”. Your fear of the distance between yourself and what you believe they are looking for is your biggest obstacle, "Murphy says,
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