Friday, July 21, 2017

Acting Etiquette Every Actor Must Master to Succeed in Their Careers

Acting Etiquette Every Actor Must Master to Succeed in Their CareersMany actors would like to think that succeed at the game of entertainment is a simple as getting up in front of people and entertaining them. But it’s not. And in fact, those that feel that way end up forever being rejected for parts or being passed over because they fail to put in the time and effort needed for proper success.

At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we pride ourselves in properly preparing our students for the success they’re looking for in the world of acting. We don’t just focus on the practice, although we do plenty of it, but we also focus on the more detailed skills you need to master to be seen, booked and starred. And today’s detail is all around etiquette; how you perform on screen, in front of the camera and before the audience. Nail these and you’ll skyrocket your talent and credibility faster than you might realize.

Etiquette on screen. Always keep going until the director shouts “Cut!” and then keep on acting for a bit. We feel that when we make a mistake that we should stop, but that instinct will not further your career. If you mess up a line, keep going until the director call a halt to the take. Let it be HIS decision. The mistake may be just what the scene needs.

Do not stop a take for any reason, except for possible injury or death. Sounds harsh, but take it seriously. The director makes the call. Every time.

Regarding your body, there are some helpful tips to keep in mind about your eyes, your posture and placement. Be sure to never look directly into the camera lens unless specifically requested to do so. Being in the right place is often more important than saying the right line. Maintain your concentration and eye lines all through the tedium of lineup and rehearsal; it helps both your fellow actors and the crew.
Lastly, and this one is more for booking, never say you do not want to play a role; say that you are unavailable. Never say “No,” say “Maybe” instead. It keeps you more available for future consideration.

Etiquette and the Camera. This one has a lot of small points that I’m just going to pour through for the sake of both our time. They’re simple but powerful so take each of them seriously.

Generally, ignore the camera lens; let it discover you. Staring at or looking for the camera lens will make you look like an amateur. Remember it’s presence and honor your placement, but also pretend it isn’t there. If both your eyes cannot “see” the camera lens, your face will appear to be obscured.
Keep on an imaginary narrow path that stretches out from the front of the camera.

Remember that shots are composed in depth, not width. In a 3-shot, put the lens in the middle of the gap, not yourself. If you have trouble hitting a mark, line up 2 objects at the final position you have to hit. Establish a “web.”

As for your posture, keeping your shoulders angled toward the camera often look better than straight-on ones. It’s better for your body as well as the believability of the scene. 

Of course, the New York Acting School for Film and Television is always here to help you improve your skills and to prepare you for acting success with our acting classes,  coaches and more! Please call today to see how we can better your career!

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