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Attention, aspiring actors and actresses! Break into show business with the tips in these Howcast video.
You Will Need
- Paper and pen
- A tape recorder
Write it down
Write out your lines. This helps your brain commit them to memory because the act of transferring them to paper requires you to process the material instead of just seeing it. In fact, research shows this can help you memorize things 45% faster.
Think like the character
If you’re memorizing lines for a play, think about the character’s motivation. Sounds clichéd, we know. But it works. It’s called 'active experiencing,' and research backs up its effectiveness.
Become a broken record
Say the lines over and over—and over! Repetition trains the brain by prompting it to expect the words to follow in a certain way.
When studying the lines at home, move as you would on the stage. In one study, people who memorized lines while in motion later remembered them better than those who stood still.
Record yourself saying your lines and play it at bedtime. Your brain is most programmable right before you fall asleep, when it’s most primed for suggestion and memory retention.