Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Always Forget Your Lines? Here Are Some Simple & Powerful Memorization Tips!

Whether you are a performer, presenter or even a student, there’s nothing worse than standing in front of a crowd and forgetting what you’re supposed to stay. Especially if you couldn’t sleep the night before and kept yourself up worrying, this can be a real insult to injury!

What’s worse, is that the fear of it happening can keep you from ever even getting up in front of people. At the New York Acting School, we don’t want that to get in your way. So we want to share our tips to memorizing so you don’t forget and you don’t freak out.

Be kinetic:
This is a method that’s actually working a lot with children. Memorize and repeat while your body is in motion. Running, jumping rope or on the trampoline are all great body movements to go through your lines with. The mind and body connects in a powerful way and you’re more likely to remember your lines!

Write it all down:
This one is perfect for presentations, speeches, comedy and shorter performances. Get out a paper and pen (better than the computer because it stays in your mind more deeply) and write out the whole thing. If there are areas that you’re forgetting even more, write those parts in a different color; color will keep the memory even more visual for you.
Record it on audio: Take everything you just wrote, and record yourself reading it. 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.

Listen to the Recording:  Use your run or long commute to listen to your own voice on the recording. This is a simple yet efficient way to rehearse what you’re learning.

The worst thing you can do during memorization is to stress out about it. Stress will cloud your thinking, only making it more likely that you will forget what you’re trying so hard to remember.
And remember, if you do forget, let it go. Laugh it off or go to the next point. It happens to the best of us!

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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