Sunday, January 1, 2017

Lesson 8 Free Online Acting School Help for Actors 2017 Edition

You will now memorize and practice your two monologues.  Here are some tips on preparing.

After you practice and memorize the monologue, you can act it for friends or family or video yourself doing it and watch it on your own for ideas to improve. If a part is boring or hard to watch, then think of ways to make that part more interesting. Do the monologue over until you feel like you'd be proud to show someone else. When you do show your video monologue to someone else (or even a small group of family and friends), watch how they react rather than watching the video with them. Are there parts that they have good reactions to? Make a note of the good parts and then think of ways to improve the other parts.

Question from new actor 1: Do actors feel emotions when they act or just pretend? For example, if they are meant to appear sad and possibly cry, do they internally make themselves sad like their character (by pretending to be that character) or do they just fake what it is supposed to look like?

Answer: There are two different types of actors: method and technical. Technical have techniques for showing emotions but don't really feel them. Method actors actually feel the part and become the character in their own minds. Method actors do some amazing performances but can be overwhelmed by the parts (i. e. Heath Ledger). Technical actors can be good and popular as well (i. e. Harrison Ford) but they often seem like they are always the same person in many roles.

Question from new actor 2: "How to work on facial expression for acting? i cant convey my emotions when i act. do you have any tips and examples for each emotions like sad, frightened, nervous, etc. is squinting a bad thing. how do i move my eyebrows downward"

Answer: Rather than trying to create the emotions on your face, work on feeling the emotions. Pick something that makes you feel a certain way (scared) and try to really feel that way.

Here is a great monologue with a variety of emotions: http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2014/12/advice-on-performing-monologue-breaking.html

Try to think of times in your own life where you have felt like the character and then remember these emotions while doing the monologue. Record yourself and forget about the camera while you do it. Focus on the emotions and really feeling them.

Question from new actor 3: Any tips on voice enunciation because I sound the same throughout the recording?

Answer: First, when you go through a script, think of different emotions the character might be feeling.

In this monologue: http://freedrama.net/protecto.html At first he is excited, then in the middle he is sad or worried. Then he starts to get excited again, but then at the end he is confused and disappointed. You'd want to reflect that in your voice and acting. Show each of those emotions for each part.

Next, look at each sentence. Pick out a word or two in each sentence that you'd want to put the most emphasis on. In the line "I've always dreamed of being a hero." You might pick "dreamed" or "hero" or both to the be the words you say a little more clearly or forcefully.

Memorizing lines:
A quick way to learn lines is to record all the lines and play them back and say them along with the recording. You can record with your computer, phone, etc. Play it over and over and say your lines along with the recording. Then when you know it better, pause the recording after each line and try to say your line. Listen to the line and see if you got it right and try again.

Other ways that people learn lines include reading the script and covering your lines up. Read the line before and then try to say your line while it is covered up. Another common way is to have someone read the cue lines and you try to say them. I have even seen people type all their lines as a way to memorize. Look at the previous line and then try typing your next line without looking at the script. Everyone memorizes differently so it is good to try different techniques to see what works best.

YOUR ASSIGNMENT: Post what tips worked the best for preparing your monologue and any questions you have.

You must then respond to another actor in this discussion.  Give words of encouragement. Share your experiences. Or discuss acting.  Your interactions MUST be positive or you will be disqualified from taking the class and you will NOT be considered for a paid position as an online monologue performer for Freedrama.

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25 comments:

  1. the voice trick worked for me, to act in different and bold voice tone .and also to gain expression through feelings.

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    1. I liked the "feeling emotions" to help your expressions also! I think it's really helpful for people just starting out like myself.

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  2. Breathe,Focus,and the recording works pretty good.

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    1. Breathing and focusing are also very important! Whenever I forget to breathe the performance I put on isn't as good.

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  3. I like to memorize monologues and scripts in general by reading it out loud a couple times first, with emotion. Then I usually cover up the lines and try to do the first paragraph/section, then continue that way until I've memorized the whole script. I've found that usually the voice recording trick is the most useful to me when I'm doing a dialogue-I'll record myself saying the other people's lines with pauses where my character is speaking, and then I'll practice with that to get the feeling of an actual performance. I also act with emotions through different feeling form the core of my being, which transfers into my voice and onto my face automatically.

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    1. Same here, it's good to read them over and then leave it be before trying again to see if it works.

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    2. Thanks a lot i tried your method ...its really helpful in memorising dialogues

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  4. I liked question #3 on voice enunciation. I found the tip to feel different emotions to help you change your facial expressions and the tone and emotion in your voice very helpful. I also found the tips to help memorize your lines helpful. It helps me to write them down, then practice memorizing.

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  5. I was on stage and to let out your emotions and feelings takes a lot and you really be crying and feeling the scene.

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  6. my emotional feelings really came out of me when i did a scene crying for my child who got hit and killed by a stolen car.

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  7. take the message and the love story gets really emotional and fall in love with her passionately.

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  8. Answer for ques no. 2 really worked for me and the tips to memorize are really good

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  9. What I find is printing the lines out and then highlighting each one once I can read them without turning the page over or have a huge 'brain fart' moment because I don't remember what came next.

    Another trick I found was once you mesmerized the line, try going from the start and see how far you can go without the brain fart moment.

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    1. This second trick of yours seems interesting, I'll try that out, also I love "brain fart moment" phrase, but if you can't remember the lines, try "smell the fart" acting technique (just kidding of course) :D

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  10. What helped the most is the monologue Breaking Heart because I see it as an example how should I take notes on the script, which is something I was planning to do anyway. When it comes to memorizing lines I found quite helpful recording them and delivering them along the audio tape also can be helpful connecting certain line to certain movement

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    1. That monologue is just amazing, there is whole range of emotions and tone of speaking .its the best monologue to improve expressionsexpressions and speech

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  11. you should always breathe and stay positive about your performance before doing it so that you're not nervous and have fun doing it.

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    1. I thought I would have been more nervous, but I found these exercises are actually a lot of fun and I really enjoy improving myself

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  12. All the tips worked for me thank you very much.

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  13. The third tip on voice enunciation helped me a lot.i am always confused on the tone of my voice.it helped me to rectify it
    I would also like to ask any tip for speaking clearly,i generally speak too fast sometimes the other person dont evwn get what im speaking, the words are not clear what should i do

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  15. Reading many times outloud, over and over again helps me with memorizing.
    For the emotions I try the method technique before starting: trying to understand the character, where does she come from? Where is she at the moment? How does she really feel?
    Once I get a clear picture in my head, I start focusing: deep breaths, repeating how I feel.
    Meanwhile I record myself and observe what I need to change, what I do good and what I need to improve.


    I do have a question: being English not my mother tongue, I have a hard time with the pronunciation of some words. How can I improve my diction?

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