Actingtips Professional behaviour

Any budding actor knows that by using the right actingtips professional behaviour will be the result. Some new, some as to renew the knowledge and skills. We give these tips to everyone who entered our e-actingclasses program. And as you discribed on our actinglessons and tips e-actingtips 1 is the first tip we give you for free. They are extra, you won't find these tips on our website.

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Professional behaviour as an actor

When we start with our actingtips professional behaviour and conduct is the first thing a budding actor needs to consider. This must be nailed before you start to seek parts and attend auditions.

Professionalism in the acting world can be achieved through a number of means and there are many considerations for the budding actor.

You learn that in some actingtips professional behaviour is about your wellbeing. You should ensure that you never eat or drink just before a performance. If your body is busy digesting newly-eaten food, your performance is likely to be impaired or you could feel sluggish. It goes without saying that you should never drink alcohol before a performance. However, don't work on an empty stomach. If you must eat, avoid sweet or sugary foods as they have a tendency to give a short high followed by a crash of energy which will impair your performance. On the subject of food and drink, it's always a good idea to keep a large bottle of water backstage to ensure your body and mind are kept hydrated.

Some actingtips might influence your other activities. If you're keen on extreme sports or have a tendency to go rock climbing, try and avoid it when you're auditioning for a part or rehearsing for a production. Trying to weave a reason for Hamlet's plaster cast or MacBeth's wheelchair into a script is somewhat tricky. Even the smallest, unnoticeable injury can easily impair your performance so keep the bungee cords packed away until your production is over.

In other actingtips professional behaviour is about being at work. Whilst backstage, keep quiet! If you have to converse, make sure you whisper. If you have to move, make sure you walk quietly, rocking your feet as you walk to ensure there are no audible footsteps. When you're on stage, don't rock back and forth, hunch over or hold your hands behind your back. This makes you look uncomfortable and gives signals that you want to get off stage because you are nervous. This won't look good to your director or your audience.

In our actingtips professional behaviour is about how you like to be treated yourself. Ensure you treat people with respect at all times. Don't you just hate working with arrogant know-it-alls? Yeah, so does everyone else. Don't be that guy. On the other hand, don't be overly timid or shy – nobody likes that either. It's essential that you get to know everyone involved with the production. If there is someone you particularly don't like, get over it. Be tolerant and respectful so you can both perform to the best of your abilities. If you see someone struggling, offer your support and learn from each other to add an extra dynamic dimension to your performances.

Communication with your director is especially important. Make sure you follow his or her directions when asked, but don't forget to use your artistic licence as and when it's granted. Directors don't like rebels and they don't like sheep.

In some actingtips professional behaviour has to do with the way you treat your colleques. Make sure you're a trustworthy actor. Don't bad mouth your fellow cast members. They'll always find out and it's you who'll look bad – not them. Don't tread on people on your way up as you never know who you'll need to catch you on the way down.

Ensure you have a thick skin. As an actor, you'll need it. Most actors get rejected for most parts most of the time, so don't see it as any slight on your ability. If you're given constructive criticism, take it on board. Stay calm and keep your head and your performance will stand out head and shoulders above everyone else's.

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