During this recent lockdown there are many people who are trying something new or looking to learn something new and I have been brushing up on my acting skills. My friend Jessica Leonard is a great actress and she has been in many am-dram productions. Whenever I watch her in these productions I get so excited and a little jealous and so I have decided to enlist the support of a few of her friends, as well as the main girl herself, and took some tips on how to be a good actor. If there are any of you who like the idea of becoming an actor, here are the tips which they have shared with me.
I have seen so many famous and not-so-famous actors talking about the power of silence and to be honest it is not until you really focus on it that you recognize just how important it is. Knowing when to pause, and for how long is a an enormous part of acting and this is something which you will need to get your head around. Silence can create a mood all on its own and that length of time before speaking is critical to a joke being funny, a comment being hurtful or an emotion being felt.
There are some actors who do what is called methods acting and that is basically where they become the character who they are going to play. This may be something you wish to do in the future but for now it is about understanding the background of the character who you are playing. Where is this person from? What is there situation? What emotions are they feeling? How do they deal or react to these emotions? These are all critical areas of the personality which you need to understand before you play this role. The better that you understand the character the better you can play them.
If you have any fears that you do not know your lines then this will have a big impact on the confidence which you bring to the role and acting after all is about confidence. For this reason you have got to work on a way in which you can learn scripts so that it comes easy to you and that you can recite it when you need to.
Learning how to control your breathing is another key part of being an actor. The reason for this is that if you are breathing heavily through nerves or something like that then it is likely that you are going to struggle to convey quieter emotions. Equally if you have to be angry or fearful then you will need to have an understanding of how your breathing would be under that situation. Breathing is the foundation of every emotion and that is why you need to know how to harness it.
Above all else, practice, practice, practice.
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