Do you want to become a professional actor? If so, improving your acting skills is a major must. I want to share with you some simple and helpful acting tips that not only can you start implementing today, but will be of great use to you in your career. Here you go!
First of all it's really important that you know the whole script and not just your own lines. Read it over and over again until you are fully able to comprehend it and almost watch it scene by scene in your mind. This will allow you to understand your character and the reason for your lines, making it easier for you to remember the lines. As a result you will react to the right lines and with right expressions.
Get involved into your character and scene as much as you can in a live performance. This will help you to connect to your character better and let the elements come across to others. The more you feel the character the more realistic the experience becomes for you as well as for the audience.
Carefully listen to what the other actors are saying in the scene. Keenly listening enables you to react properly with your lines. I highly recommend that you resist the excitement to be speedy with your lines, just to prove you know them.
Learn to breathe properly, deeply and practice it at least 20 minutes once in a day. This is a great stress relief technique, especially if you are dealing with any anxiety. For example, inhale as deeply as you can and release the breath for about twice the time you spent bringing it in. Doing this regularly will help you to relax and overcome the stage fear.
Deal with your colleagues with respect and professionalism. Arrive on time the day of shooting. This will allot you some warm up time before the show gets started and shows that you take your job seriously. And, more importantly you will be seen as a sincere and devoted actor by others.
Be fearless and do not get deterred with harsh criticism. Just be honest with yourself and give your performance with full devotion and concentration.
Now the last but the most important tip---continue your acting education. Even the finest machines need to be tuned and the same can be said for your talent. The best way to become a better actor is to practice. The more you act the more and better you learn. And also you will get many opportunities to work with different actors and directors.
Those simple tips are just the beginning of what we hope we can do for you. At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, our goal is to help you succeed. Let us know if you are interested in classes or even personal coaching sessions and we'll make sure you are set up with the best tools to help you achieve your goals!