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How to Act

Putting on a costume and memorizing lines is not all that an actor does. Learn how to be memorable by following these steps.


  • Step 1: Study different kinds of people Study different kinds of people. Learn their mannerisms, their speech patterns, and their postures.
  • Step 2: 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.
  • TIP: People express similar emotions in different ways. Knowing how to express the same emotion differently is a great asset at auditions.
  • Step 3: Learn to interact Learn to interact and communicate with different types of people.
  • Step 4: Follow directions 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.
  • Step 5: 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.
  • TIP: The most memorable characters are ones that the audience can relate to and empathize with, so be real.
  • Step 6: Be confident and composed Be confident and composed. Casting directors and agents remember actors who have a polished look and self-esteem.
  • Step 7: 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.
  • Step 8: 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.
  • FACT: The first woman to own a major television production studio was Lucille Ball, who bought it from her ex-husband in 1962.

You Will Need

  • Observation skills
  • Mirror
  • Emotional range
  • Communication skills
  • Friend or family member
  • Confidence

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