Acting may look easy when you see it on television and in movies, but acting takes a lifetime to master. Here are some basic tips I know to help build a good foundation for acting.
|When playing a scene, think like your character|
People will spot bad acting a mile away when they know someone isn’t being truthful. Acting must be based in reality and relate to the audience. Your talent as an actor is based on your ability to create a true-life situation out of imaginary circumstances.
Real acting comes from reacting to your scene partner. This will create chemistry and make your scene organic. Nothing is more engaging than watching two people react to each other truthfully.
- Relationship, Relationship, Relationship
All scenes (romantic, sci-fi, medical, military etc.) are all about the relationship. You must truly understand the relationship you have to your scene partner and convey that in the way you act towards them. The audience will relate to your characters through the relationship you have with your scene partner. Don’t stress over the words. It’s all about the relationship.
Understand the circumstances of the scene. It is essential to know what’s going on, what just happened, and what you want from your scene partner. The circumstances will give you the stakes of the scene and it will also give help give you your character’s objectives.
Walk like your character would walk. Create a character that is not you. Take what is in the script and build someone out of what you get in the script. If you are playing yourself in the scene you’re not acting. Be someone else.
Relate yourself to the character you’re playing. Understand their circumstances from your own experiences. How do you relate to their situation? Do you have a similar type of relationship that the character has? This will help you become your character more than anything else.