chapter  14
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Taken For Granted: Skills Every Actor is Expected to Know

I had performed two falls for him, the casting director, and the producer on the other side of

the table already, both landing on the blue mat face first. The first time I fell I made such a

loud noise hitting the mat that the casting director jumped a bit from her chair. Falls landing

face first are always a bit more strenuous than falls on the back since the reverb from hitting

the ground causes the spine to curve away from the floor. Since the spine naturally curves

towards the anterior or front of the human body this makes falling backwards preferable

especially when performing the fall repeatedly. I know this. The director apparently does not.