Thursday, May 24, 2018

Acting Hacks: How to Keep Your Lines In Your Mind!

Acting Hacks: How to Keep Your Lines In Your Mind!There’s nothing worse than standing in front of a crowd and forgetting what you’re supposed to say, whether you’re an actor or even a presenter. It’s not just embarrassing but it can mean big consequences and loss of opportunity. This makes for a stressful situation which doesn’t help in the slightest! You need to be confident at go-time, so let’s review a few important points so you can sleep peacefully and confidently show make that dream come true. At the New York Acting School, we to make sure you always reach your goals, so let’s talk shop. 
You know your learning style better than anyone else, so this is the time to ask yourself how you used to remember things in school. Did you doodle? Learn the songs? Read it repeatedly? Have it read to you? All these are different styles that point to different strengths in learning. So as you read the suggestions below, keep your own habits in mind and try the ones that make the most sense. 
Write It; On Repeat: 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.
Get Moving: 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!
Record It:  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 and Take It Everywhere:  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.
As a reminder, even if you do forget what you’re supposed to say, don’t stress. Stress will cloud your thinking, only making it more likely that you will forget what you’re trying so hard to remember. Instead, breathe deeply, ground and trust it will come. Then let it go. Laugh it off or go to the next point. It happens to the best of us and the show always goes on.
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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