Practical Acting Tips for the New Actor




As a new actor it can be nerve-wracking trying to perfect your acting technique so that you don’t look and sound like a novice. In order to help those struggling with their anxiety while learning the ropes in a new trade, we have compiled this list of practical acting tips to help usher you along on this new career path.

Firstly, Acting Tips Are Not Just For Novices

Although we would like to believe that acting comes naturally to everyone, especially the seasoned pros, it is quite well known that most of the pros struggle with roles from time to time, and are often carefully choreographed by their directors, with some exceptions of course. Seeking out and using acting tips is not only nothing to be ashamed about, but should be required for all actors – young and old, new and experienced. There is nothing wrong with trying to hone your craft in any way that might make the performance more believable.

Secondly, the Best Acting Tips are Grounded in “Being Natural”

While there are many schools of acting, it is often said that the best acting comes from being in the moment, and capturing the essence which comes about when you are actively engaged, open and listening to the dialogue. No matter how often one practices their lines, there is something to be said about hearing the words fresh in one’s mind so that the lines don’t become a mechanical performance devoid of emotion. Somehow the actor must put himself in the unique position of reading lines repetitively to memorize them but speak them as if he has never heard them before and react accordingly. Not all people can do that obviously, which is why there are actors and the rest of us are non-actors.

Thirdly, One of the Best Acting Tips – Relax

No matter how good of an actor you are in your craft, if you cannot relax enough to get the right feeling across you are washed up before you’ve even begun. Relaxing is in itself an art form. It can be achieved either through a series of exercises which some coaches swear by, by exercising your brains out before a performance (so you don’t have any energy to care about what people think), or by exposing yourself to the agent that provokes your anxiety so much that you actually become insensitive to it. I am a proponent of the last one. There’s only so many times you can freak out before your body says, “Enough, let’s just do what we have to do.” Putting yourself out in front of audiences, or even just a crowd, is better than staying at home by yourself worrying about how you will look to others. If you are an actor be sure you are exposing yourself to throngs of people on a daily basis: become a tour guide, host parties, do standup comedy or give out flyers on the street (that will surely prepare you for vast amounts of rejection). In the end, you will be better off for it.


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