Acting is a muscle, you have to work it out…
Today, I want to remind you that with all of the pop acting advice out there, that the FUNDAMENTALS of building a career never change. So I'll give you a basic list to remind you what to focus on regularly!
1. Practice Clear Speech. Every day it's important to warm up the lips the tongue, the teeth, and your entire mouth so that you speak clearly. If they can't understand you, they can't hire you. Some free voice warmups here.
FOUR MINUTES A DAY of speech practice will ensure that you speak MUCH MORE CLEARLY when you are in character and being creative.
Here is a great warm up to practice on youtube!
2. COLD READING PRACTICE: Today (and every day) take some text and read it OUT LOUD and make it real and natural.
Take any text that you have, a book, a brochure, anything and look down and see the words, then look up and say the words. Act out any characters...FUN!
Acting is not reading, reading is not acting.
COLD READING is not READING, it is ACTING!
5 to 10 minutes of this every day will work wonders on your overall skill level.
3. Practice scenes in a class regularly. JOIN THE AWESOME ACTING CLUB FOR REGULAR PRACTICE!
A Band practices songs so they can connect and play together, Actors can practice scenes with the same intent, to CONNECT and PLAY together.
MOST IMPORTANTLY TO ENTERTAIN.
4. Write ONE MINUTE MONOLOGUES about every subject imaginable. Suggestions: BREAKFAST, TRAFFIC, RESTAURANT FOOD, FRIENDS, RELATIVES, RELATIONSHIPS, VIDEO GAMES, ROBLOX, etc…
Make them specific and full of detail and have a beginning, middle and end. Clock them at 40 seconds so when you perform and (hopefully) slow down, you can bring them in under a minute. Don't go for laughs, go for entertainment.
5. Refine your VEIN OF GOLD as far as the characters you play.
Write monologues for your characters…and record them and put them up on YOUTUBE or just show to your friends. Got a super interesting character, make a YOUTUBE CHANNEL and update it regularly with new videos.
5. Practice shooting scenes on your phone. First, do the scene with one person holding the phone, then the other, then get a friend to do the TWO shot while you perform the scene.
Then practice clipping the scenes together. If the performers are within 2 feet of the phone, you will get great sound. Add a little music and you have a scene recorded!
6. Walk, run, play sports, get physical EVERY DAY.
Your body is your instrument, you have to practice with it.
Challenge yourself to make your instrument stronger and more flexible.
Martial Arts, Dance, Parkour, Gynastics, Swimming, Playing Tennis or just running around on the beach are fantastic exercises...be physical, it's part of an actor's job!
COACH JACK TURNBULL