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Acting, as I have understood to be an actor, a filmmaker and as an acting coach has been making myself free for a while and become somebody who I will never be. It is like living an alternate life for a brief period of time. It is an opportunity to win over all my inhibitions, imposed by society, religion, customs and release myself from them.
Here are Undisclosed Tips for Beginners
1. Empty your mindIf your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many constraints, wandering mind, possibilities, but in the expert actor’s mind there are none or few.
As the Zen masters say, if you try to fill a cup, which is already full, it will spill all over. To fill something new in a cup, first it must be emptied.
Therefore, before a script and your character analysis, remove everything which is in your mind. Remove clutter and move with creating a new life (of your character)
How to achieve this?
Practice relaxation techniques, including Yoga, self-hypnotism and auto suggestion
(If you don’t know how to do it, join our one on one coaching)
2. The fear of the camera, people and forgetting your linesHow to deal?
To deal with it and forget it: Concentrate on your role and think about nothing else. Learn to enjoy the location, crew,
3. Beware of Overacting or Faking ActingWarning! What separates good actors from bad ones is their sincerity of emotion and belief in front of a camera. The audience can spot a phony actor right away! Good acting is not over acting or mechanically saying lines. Words flow, when real emotions bring them out of memory or imagination and it's not the other way round. Feel the emotion by identifying what triggers an emotion; connect with it, embrace it and words will then flow naturally.
An exception: to this rule is a “Star” who can fake it so beautifully that to an audience, it looks real. The other truth in this case is that the actor playing a character is audience favorite “Star” and that’s all matters to them
4. Belief and Creative Imagination for ActingThe acting is living a different life, as I said before. It is 'creating truth in an imaginary scene'. The audience is only going to believe that you are the person you are playing to be, if you yourself believe that you are that person!
The actor must use his imagination to be able to answer all questions (when, where, why, how)
How to do it?
Learn the art of Observing: watch
"The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind." - Stella Adler
5. Why to Repeatedly Read the Script?To get to the soul of the story!
Read the script thoroughly. Then, read it yet again. Keep reading till you get to the soul of the story. Understand the script first and think about what the storywriter has tried to say through the script. This a view from the outside. Then again read the story from the angle of the role you are playing.
Don’t hesitate! Ask the director what exactly you feel about the story and clarify your doubts. This is very important, as you need to understand the people, the surroundings, the time of the story and its message.
A. The father-the author of the story or screenplay or script
B. The mother-that’s you (actor) who is pregnant with the
C. The child-the role to be born.
D. The doctor- director who helps in role (child) birth
6. Lose Yourself in the Role but Stay AwareOn a character level you must become that “character” and get involved, but your awareness as an actor should also be there, all the time, while performing. What I mean here is being aware of the limitations on a set, camera –position, shots, angles, width and length, blocking; lights, props and their uses, where the
You got to have a “switch on off” mechanism in your acting instrument (mind and body) which puts instantly into a “character” or an “actor” mode
7. Why to Enjoy Acting in Films?Last but not the least, to do it right, you must enjoy the process! A very important part is bonding with your co-actors and developing good chemistry on a set with everybody. A film is a team job and you need to be a team player. The success of a role or a film is directly proportional to how much the team enjoyed while preparing! Keep learning and always have the passion of a beginner's mind and you will never cease to progress.