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Attention, aspiring actors and actresses! Break into show business with the tips in these Howcast video.
You Will Need
- Knowledge of the material
- Motivational techniques
- Stage or space
- Food and water (optional)
Know the material better than anyone else. You need to be in a position of authority and to have the respect of the actors you are directing.
Help them prepare
Prepare actors by setting aside ample time to read over the material without acting.
Open yourself to answering questions about the characters and the story. Possess the knowledge and patience of a teacher.
Let them be artists
Allow your actors to use their talent to portray their character. If you've prepared yourself and helped them prepare, then it will be a growing process for both of you.
Keep them informed
Keep the actors informed about what is going to be done each day. They need to know what to be prepared for with their material and with their character.
Push the actor to find more in a character. Your job is to get the most out of what you have, but never push too far.
Get to know actors personally
Take the time to know your actors personally. Every actor's method is different. The better you understand your actor, the easier it will be to get what you want from them.