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Life teaches us many lessons, and as actors it’s our job to collect those lessons like buried treasure! Whether you were born to be a Star or just enjoy putting on a living room performance, here are six tips every actor should have in their tool belt:
Acting is RE-acting. How can we RE-act if we are not listening to the other people in the scene? We must listen to our scene partner(s) and believe what they are telling us. Just as important as listening to our scene partner is listening to ourselves. Actors must give themselves permission to be affected by what is going on in the scene, allowing themselves to play freely.
The imagination is one of the most important tools for an actor. It can help transport the audience from a theater to a hot desert, to the North Pole, to a jungle in Africa. As actors, we use our imaginations constantly.
Repetition, repetition, repetition! If practice makes perfect, then actors must do a lot of it. Rehearsal not only helps actors to remember lines, but can help actors to discover something new in the scene, too.
- Be Prepared
Another benefit of rehearsal means actors will be prepared. When they get to class, set or rehearsal, it is important for actors to know their lines, know their cues, know where their props are…be prepared!
- Be On Time
If we are on time, we’re late. If we’re early, we’re on time. A successful play, musical or film depends on the preparedness and punctuality of it’s actors. Attendance to class, rehearsals and show time is not only a crucial part of a successful show, but is also respectful to your Directors, Producers, Coaches and Co-Stars.
Actors have the best job in the world- to play! Whether it’s casting a spell on Dorothy’s slippers, bringing the animal kingdom together with the Circle Of Life or flying through the night sky with Peter Pan, actors get to create magic on stage. Don’t be afraid to play!
Bonus Tip: Have Fun!
Sometimes as actors, we mess up a line or forget our blocking, but none of that matters if we aren’t enjoying what we’re doing. Get messy, make mistakes, but never forget to have fun!
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