Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Helpful Tips on Memorization for Actors, Performers and Speakers

This is one of the most commonly discussed topic for people in performance industries. Forgetting the words is a fear that not only haunts you but can even keep you from following your big dream.

Don’t let that fear get in your way anymore.

At the New York Acting School, we know what it means to work hard for the dream, and we want to help by not letting this one get in the way.

Helpful Tips on Memorization for Actors, Performers and SpeakersWrite it out: This one is perfect for speeches, comedy sketches and shorter performances. It can work for acting as well, but I’d recommend only doing it for the scenes that are really challenging for you to remember. Simply get out a paper and pen or your computer and write/type it all out. For things you’re wanting to emphasize, use bold or italics. That’s step one. Once you’ve done that….

Read and Record: This one works amazing. First, get out a recording device like your phone or computer. Record yourself reading what you’ve written. I suggest recording it in the way you want to say it. This not only gives you practice, but you’re working through it through different senses.

Now Listen: Whatever you’re doing, you can listen to what you’ve recorded. You can listen while you’re getting ready for the day, on your way to work and while you make your dinner. It’s portable multi-tasking for your subconscious. Not bad, right?

Helpful Tips on Memorization for Actors, Performers and SpeakersBonus Tip: Relax. If you’re giving it your best, rest in that. Stress will definitely keep you from being where you want to be and from what you want to do. Whatever you do to relax, be it meditation, exercise, journaling, deep breathing - do it. Remember that you’re doing this as part of something you love and when you are you,  people are most entertained and pleased.

The New York Acting School for Film and Television is the place to go for learning techniques like this one and many others that support your path to better performance. If you’re looking for classes, coaching or simply more information, please contact us today!

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