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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82 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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    2. This is a great way to memorize your lines. I think I am going to try that method.

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    3. I feel the same as you with the breath focus and just record. I feel like if your recording there is more of an urgency to memorizing the lines.I did both my monologues the same way.read and focused on memorizing while I was filming.Good luck to you

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    4. I already tried to record but even if there is no one around I get nervous because I just keep thinking that I might not be good at this at all and I shouldn't be trying, but I've come this far, so I won't stop. Wish me luck! Good luck to you people too!

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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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    3. That is a very good technique. I will try that with the dialogue! Thank you and good luck!

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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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    1. I'm sure you can probably ask someone who's better with the language to help you out. Or at least that's what I would do.

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  16. Reading and reciting the lines over and over again for me work best. The recording also helps

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    1. Writing the lines worked for me the best. Reciting and the recording also helped too.

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  17. Mine is re-reading the lines to remember, and when it's time to perform i just think "what would one do if they were in this situation" even if i have never been in the situation before.

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  18. What helped me was breaking the monologue down into chunks, then typing out each chunk several times through memory. After that, I acted it out a few times to my family. Finally, I would memorize it periodically. A bit extensive, but I'm not so used to memorizing large monologues. I'm sure I'll get better at memorizing it though so I won't have to go through such an extensive process of doing so.

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  19. When I practice a monologue I repeat the monologue over and over in my head until I can perform it perfectly.

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    1. I have chosen the same way and it works well. So good luck!!!

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  20. I relied on the read over and start recording method to learn my lines. I feel like if you just read the lines then start practicing the monologue you will have more of an urgency to remember the lines. I think it is more like doing a cold read session more then practicing for a class. I think it's a way of preparing your self for cold reads and changing lines during an audition. Thank you for the training.

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  21. The thing that helped me remember my lines was writing it out. Also, it helped to record and say my lines along with it. Also, the voice enunciation helped me go through going through the emotions the character was going through.

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  22. At first I have read my monologues many times again and again. Tasked my mum to check if I know them by heart. after that I began working on my emotions, mimic and voice intonation.

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    1. This sounds like it works. I will diffidently try it out!

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    2. this is the method I find that works the best for me, I love reading the script over and over again.

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  23. For me it worked best when I read short senteces out loud and then I repeat them fast and often. I do that till I am done with the whole monologue. Then I try to do it witout the sheet. I like to video tape myself. I can see how I look, how i react and what I can improve.

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  24. I love to do the listening thing. Also reading them over and over again is great, especially before bed because then you brain falls asleep with them still in your head.

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  25. I use a program called Line by Line. You can set it to hear all lines, just your lines or just the other persons lines. its really quite good. This way, i can change options the more i learn of the script.

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  26. I agree Alexa and i find trying to put myself in the actual scene works too as it gives me a sense of continuance

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  27. The tricks that I use to help me with the emotional Scene's is if its sad i think of losing a loved one, its so hard and sad to think about something like that so i use it to help me and memorizing it i read it over and over in parts.

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  28. The tricks use for me I can memorize lines now I feel great now

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  29. Positive input from filmmakers, family and friends were a great help!

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  30. For "How to work on facial expressions for acting?"
    The answer helped me because i do that every time i practice a monologue.

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  31. Repeating it over and over again helped for me also learning small chunks at a time then combining it really helped me also the emotion tip helped a lot too.

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    1. Memorizing is just one part but then the hard part is showing their emotions how the feel

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  32. it is really very help full ...

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  33. i learn best by listening so i read and record then say it along with the recording.

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  34. I am old fashioned I feel that reading the script and feel the emotions with each line helps the best, i try to implement facial expressions with each line as well, feeling the emotion and trying to convey it.

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    1. I quite agree. I did the same but kind of in reverse.
      I learned the lines based on where I was looking and what action I was doing as the emotion I was supposed to feel.

      It worked really well. I otherwise completely agree with your method! Thats awesome!

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  35. What works best for me is just saying the lines over and over. However recording and saying back with the recording sounds promising as well.

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    1. Yes sounds like good way to learn the lines saying over and over.Are you and actor?

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  37. Tips for preparing my monologue? To study the line in private, record myself and playback the lines several times.And know how to express the words of the monologue by watching the voice actor of the original monologue several times.

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  38. i perfomed it at school and in front of my family and they loved it

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    1. That sounds like a good way to recite your script, but was it hard doing it that way?

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  39. Tips that worked for me preparing the monologue, study in silence, record the script and playback, have someone else listen to you recite the script, stand in front of a mirror and practice the lines.

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    1. i completely agree thats a good way to learn your lines

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  40. I performed in front of my family and used the tips and it worked out great they liked the script.

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  41. I performed in front of my family and friends and they loved it

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  42. I would be an actor that acts natural. I will let my natural abilities let flow into the role. I yet have no one to perform in front of, but I will do later on.

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  43. RecordING the lines and learning them is the same way as you learning a song from your phone so recording is best

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  45. Me personally i think repeating the lines and covering them up and saying them when they are covered up is the best way for me.

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  46. The tip about getting yourself to be the character in order to portray the feeling in stead of pretending is a very helpful one

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  47. Using emotion and facial expressions worked to make my presentation more better than before and it make a big difference and you can record yourself to see your progress in acting.For me acting like my character and really showing the emotion helps me the most.I like to think of something that will make me show the emotion the character is felling.When I practice my scripts I like to record or audio record me sating them and watching it over and over again.QUESTION:since in 11 would I be able to auction for and acting roll.

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  48. I think i did okay on emotion my family said i did good

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  49. first of all i would suggest reading one line and once you fully understand that line add another line in and carry on like that it definatley works for me and im sure it will work for you! also try with one emotion and act with that for a few time then if you dont like that then you can try a different emotion. hope this helps!

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  50. I struggled with this one. I learned my lines two lessons ago but found out the tips now. lol

    I found that I printed a few copies of scene out and placed them around the area I was going to perform my monologue. When I did that, I slowly removed the scripting because I knew when I looked there I knew my line. So I memorised based on what my actions were.

    It was actually really liberating to learn the lines so clearly and then letting my emotion get into the scripting etc.

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