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Attention, aspiring actors and actresses! Break into show business with the tips in these Howcast video.
You Will Need
- Observation skills
- Emotional range
- Communication skills
- Friend or family member
Study different kinds of people
Study different kinds of people. Learn their mannerisms, their speech patterns, and their postures.
Act out different characters
Stand in front of a mirror and act out different characters, paying close attention to facial expressions, gestures, and speaking styles. Incorporate as many emotions into each character as possible.
Learn to interact
Learn to interact and communicate with different types of people.
Follow directions as given. Improvisation is great if the director has called for it; otherwise it is an unwelcome addition to a director’s goal.
Memorize and practice your lines
Memorize all of your lines as written. Practice them in front of a mirror and rehearse with a friend or family member.
Be confident and composed
Be confident and composed. Casting directors and agents remember actors who have a polished look and self-esteem.
Learn to speak without overacting
Learn how to speak your lines without overacting. Deliver your lines like you would normally speak in that situation, pauses, stuttering, and all.
Keep your eyes away from the audience or camera
Keep your eyes away from the audience or the camera unless the script directs you to do otherwise.