How to Learn Your Acting Lines—Quick and Easy Tips
These tips and exercises will help build vital confidence and understanding for those who face an audition or are nervous about their role in a play.
Unite Action With Speech as Soon as Possible.
You should make notes about gestures, emotions, interactions and plot during the read-through progressions. I would recommend standing up, walking a little, and making a gesture within dialogue.
What to Remember When Rehearsing Without The Script
Keep the script handy as you gradually leave the safety of the written lines behind. If your friend or colleague can help by being a 'prompt' who that fills in your words if you forget then so much the better.
Build your self confidence step-by-step. Keep your script and your friend close by, but try as much as possible to be freestanding. Get into character with physical exercises and warm ups. Focus on a particular favourite line of yours and hook onto any emotion that evokes.
Use Pictures and Images
Some actors learn better and faster when they can picture a scene or create a visual that allows them to bring the words to life. It's as if the image helps embed the lines.
Maintain a Good Fitness Level
You want to give yourself the best chance of success right? The best thing you can do is to get into a training regime some weeks or months before by keeping a healthy diet and getting solid deep sleep each night. Use your common sense, and fully commit. Keep as healthy as you can and work out in proportion to the size of your project.
Build up Memory Muscle in Your Brain
Research has shown that memory acts like a muscle, and if it's underused then it will get soft and not work as efficiently. You can help keep the memory fresh by keeping the brain toned. Simple yet challenging exercises can help maintain what's known as procedural know-how which, with practice, can become an automatic way of recalling what's been learnt.
© 2012 Andrew Spacey