We are always speaking with body language, often more so than we do with English. So if you are practicing building a character in acting, who better to take notes than, from other people? People are worth watching, as we learn so much from their little movements, quirks and postures. This is such a helpful tool in bettering your acting schools, in addition to acting classes and personal coaching.
What do you think about someone who is always stiff and almost mechanical, or someone who slouches and leans constantly. When a person smiles or laughs a certain way, how do you react? Always realize that we are constantly assessing one another, moods, status, reputation, esteem (self confidence), intelligence. People certainly can seem wealthier by standing a certain way, or confident by the way they move through a crowd. How do we know these things? I'm not quite sure, but it just seems to be part of our collective human culture that we associate certain appearances and actions with traits. A hobo could stand with a posture that make him seem like a king, and a Harvard Alumnus can have a facial expression which makes him/her seem like a moron.
Keep studying; the more you watch, the more you learn. If anything stand in front of a mirror and practice various poses and expressions and think about how they make you feel and how you would feel seeing someone else doing it.
One key factor that I really find helpful and enjoyable is watching professional actors do their thing. Live theater can a fantastically fun and informative experience. Go see some plays at your local theater or if plays are unavailable, then rent some "classic" movies and just study what the actors/actress do. Don't become a total mimic of their techniques, analyze how they use their techniques to come across as a "better" actor, body language, voice inflection, volume, etc. Also, be sure to watch "bad" actors, or people who in your opinion didn't do a good job; did they somehow break character? smile or smirk? Look directly into the camera? Try and observe as many examples of both the good the bad to try and asses your personal conception of ways to perform better.
Watching people is key both on your down time on the street, during other performances and during classes. You never know when someone's actions will inspire your skill set. Get in touch with us at the New Acting School for Film and Television and we'll get you on the right path quickly!
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Acting Tips To Help You Build a Better Character
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