Acting lesson 9

Are your acting skills improving? Does it get easier now that you have some tools to work on? Remember, you have to practice because it is not a job you can learn by just reading! And it is fun to do the exercizes.

In lesson 9 we go deeper into learning your lines. Acting is much more than words that need to be learned. We gave you some tools already but still, most of the roles include lines. And besides understanding why your character can do nothing else, in the given circomstances, than say these lines, it means that you have to know the wordt. You must understand the circomstances in order to say them in the right way, but before that you just have to remember all those words.

Learning and reciting lines is often one of the most difficult tasks an actor has to undertake. What's more, you'll have to do it with every acting job you have. Reading and reciting your lines, however, can make this task quicker, more bearable and more successful. In this lesson we give you one way of learning your lines. It is not the only way, there are several techniques, but we believe that this one will be helpful.

Take your script or any lines you need to learn. Read each scene aloud (including the lines of all the other characters) seven times in a row. Performing this activity will activate three areas of the brain. In reading the lines, they are committed to your visual memory; hearing your own voice commits them to your auditory memory and saying the lines commits them to motor memory. Essentially, the lines are filed away in three different areas of your brain. If one fails to come up with the lines when you want them during the performance, one of the others will help out.

You should also read the entire play through at least once a day to ensure you know and retain your lines and familiarise yourself completely with the flow of the story. If you know the play inside out, you'll have the added benefit of knowing where the story is going at any time and will be able to help your fellow actors out if they stumble or stall.

Putting rhyme and rhythm to lines tends to help. It's not always easy to add your own rhyme, but adding your own rhythm to the lines can aid memorisation. Additionally, using acrostics to remember orders of words such as a list of names or the order of a certain list can help. Similarly, using acronyms to remember lists can also be helpful. Visualise the words you're speaking and create loci to help you remember sequences of names or words.

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Inside The Actors Studio

starring Johnny Depp

A famous television program about acting is Inside the Actors Studio. With is sympathatic approach James Lipton lets famous actors tell their story. It gives you a great insight in the world of acting!

And Johnny Depp says

“There are four questions of value in life... What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.”Johnny Depp in Don Juan deMarco (1995)