Casting Director Ken Lazer called me in yesterday to read for an industrial video for a drug called Fragmin. My preparation involved doing my research by calling up my cousin, Anna, who is studying to be a physician's assistant, and also memorizing some very technical copy--"heparin-induced abnormally low platelet levels" anyone?
I did two takes, one with the teleprompter and one without. The biggest challenge was making it conversational while trying to get out two paragraphs of difficult medical-related copy. I now see the merit of my friend, Virginia's advice to "uber-memorize" everything. Whether I got the part or not, I definitely learned a lot!