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Attention, aspiring actors and actresses! Break into show business with the tips in these Howcast video.
You Will Need
- A sad memory
- Discipline not to blink
- A bright light
- Peppermint oil
- Oil of Olbas
- A tear stick
Think of something sad
Before relying on any gimmicks, test your acting skills by thinking of something really, really sad. Any tears?
OK, so you’re no Laurence Olivier or Meryl Streep. Try this--moments before you need to cry, open your eyes just a bit wider than usual and stop blinking. Soon the tears that hydrate your eyes when you blink should start trickling out.
Stare into a bright light
You could irritate your eyes further by staring into a bright light for a few seconds.
Here’s a trick you can prepare ahead. Put a little peppermint oil on a finger and, when the time comes to cry, discreetly rub it just below your eye. The fumes will get the tears flowing--just wipe off the oil when you’re done!
Try Olbas oil
Another tearjerker is oil of Olbas. Pour some on a handkerchief and inhale deeply before you need to bawl. Find it at health food stores.
Steal Hollywood’s trick--buy a professional 'tear stick.' It’s a piece of menthol with a hole in the middle; have someone blow it right into your eyeballs when you need a good cry.