Five Ways to Practice Your Acting Technique at Home
Acting is one of the most unique skills for a person to learn. One reason for this is because the path towards becoming a great actor is not always clear. One of the best ways to learn how to act is by taking acting classes where you can learn and practice your technique with instructors. However, it is not always clear what can you can do on your own, outside of classes, to become a better actor. Here are five ways anyone can practice their acting technique on their own.
1. Learn From Books: At any bookstore or library you can find numerous books on acting. If you are a beginning actor it might not seem clear which books are the best ones to read. However, there are many books written by legendary actors and directors which will be the most beneficial to read. By reading the short bio about the author you can learn what their credentials are and how their ideas have shaped acting, theatre and film today.
2. Read Plays and Monologues: It is important to always read scripts. By reading scripts you are always gaining knowledge about how to understand the characters. The more you read scripts your ability to analyze the material will become stronger. You can also improve your acting ability by reading scripts and asking yourself questions about the characters life and answering those questions using the information the script provides. Another great tool is to read monologues and perform them with different intentions and feelings each time.
3. Record Yourself: By seeing or hearing yourself perform you will discover a multitude of things about how you perform. Video and audio recording are both beneficial because you can analyze your voice, diction and movements. Seeing yourself perform is significant because it is the only way you can analyze your own performance based on your criteria and with your goals in mind.
4. Practice Cold Readings: Find a monologue you do not know from a play you are vaguely familiar with and perform it to the best of your ability. Be familiar enough with the play and the scene to know what the situation is but do not study the monologue, play or scene. You can practice your ability to perform a piece of material you are not familiar with. This will be an asset to you for last minute auditions or other situations where you may have to perform a monologue you do not know.
5. Use Your Imagination: Specifically, use your imagination to visualize the setting of a scene. Draw out a blueprint of a stage or whatever space you are in and use what you have to make your space match your vision of the setting in the scene. Act and move around the space using your imagination to visualize yourself in the setting of the scene. By doing this you are learning how act as a character in that space.
By utilizing these tips you will become a better actor regardless of whether or not you are currently enrolled in classes, working as an actor or starting off on your own. With these tips all you need to improve your craft is some free time and imagination!
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