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Acting, the representation of a usually fictional character on stage or in films. At its highest levels of accomplishment acting involves the employment of technique and/or an imaginative identification with the character on the part of the actor.
In this way the full emotional weight of situations on stage be communicated to the audience. The actor must be a sharp observer of life and thoroughly trained in voice projection and enunciation and in body movement. Check out these acting tips for how best you can improve your Acting Skills.
Last Updated - 15th October 2005
Good Influences on Performance
- A clear understanding of the character's pre-history
- A clear understanding of the story
- A well chosen objective/intention/"need"
- Real listening
- Investing in the "need" of the moment and not anticipating the future
- Being open to whatever happens next
- Being relaxed
- Trusting in yourselfBad Influences on Performance
- Just focusing on telling the story
- Believing that a particular scene is a great vehicle for your acting
- Striving to be good
- Striving to exploit emotion
- Failing to listen because it is already known what will be said next
- Listening for cues not meaning
- Acting (instead of inter-acting)
Here are some tips that should help you memorizing your lines:
Emphasize your lines in the script with a highlighter or underline with a brightly colored pen. Use a different color to mark your cues (the lines or actions just before your line). Mark stage directions with another color or don't mark them at all.
Go over all your lines (out loud) several times. Read each line. In order, from the top of the play, read each line aloud, slowly. Concentrate on each word - especially the small words like and, or, but, if. At intervals, put the script down and check how much you remember.
When that line is memorized, move onto the next until you can remember the entire speech without looking at the script. Then move onto the next speech, etc., until you've gone over them all. As you go on, the chunks of dialogue that you practice without using the script should get larger and larger.
Make sure to look up words or pronunciation that you're not familiar with (once you learn it wrong, it's much more difficult to re-learn it). Don't worry about interpreting, or acting, the words at this time, just put them together in one long stream.
Read with a partner
Arrange someone to read the other character's lines so you can learn where your cues are. I've found it most helpful to record the other lines into a tape recorder, leaving silent spaces where my lines would be (hint: read the passage silently, as slowly as you can - this will give you extra time to figure out the line when you play the tape back). Run the tape or practice with the partner as often as possible.How do you get sad if you're not
- Put yourself in their place and think about what they are feeling. Then make yourself feel how they feel.
- Think about a real life moment that mad you sad. Let the memories and feelings flood you and sadness consume you.Extra Acting Tips:
- Don't be afraid to ham it up. Over-acting is always better than under-acting. Remember what the word "play" means, in every sense.
- Project! Nobody ever spoke lines on stage too loudly. Even if you are whispering, you must whisper so that the back row can hear you.
- Work out the blocking ahead of time. Who will stand where? Is every character visible to the audience. Does the stance look natural as well as interesting?
- When you aren't talking, don't just stand around. That looks very artificial and can be distracting. React to what others say and do with facial expressions, or occupy yourself in a corner with realistic and suitable solitary tasks.
- Don't be afraid to use facial expressions. It works for Jim Carey, let it work for you!
- Be safe, but don't be afraid to be physical. If everyone is prepared, you can throw things or wrestle if you want to stage a fight. If you use reasonably soft and safe props, you can be fairly vigorous. Just take sufficient precautions not to break ribs or gouge anyone's eyes out.
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