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Acting Exercises to Help Actors Understand Their Characters

Preparing for a certain role means more than simply memorizing your lines inside out. Every actor knows that embodying the life of their assigned character is an essential skill all actors learn. In order to master this, you must live in the moment by being in the right emotional state before the cameras start rolling.

ExploreTalent has listed acting exercises that will help you live, breathe, and really get into character. Start preparing for your next role by reading the tips below.

3 Essential Acting Exercises for Young Actors

1. Analyze the script

Acting Techniques

What does my character want?

It may sound like a simple question, but you would be surprised to know how many actors neglect their character’s primary motive. You need to read the script several times, make notes, and highlight the words that would mean something. Try to internalize what your character feels about himself and see to it that you understand what other characters say about him as well.

Remember, the more you know about your character, the more confident you become once you begin production.

2. Get physical and start acting scenes in front of a mirror

Facial Expressions

Before performing in front of an audience, you might want to check your facial expressions and actions as you start getting into character. Think about this question, How does he/she character move?

At the very beginning, you were chosen by casting directors because of your ability to portray a certain role. Extract snippets from your audition and learn to incorporate them into your character by practicing in front of a mirror.

3. Use verbs to paint a mental picture

Acting on Stage

Verbing is one of the commonly used acting exercises out there. It basically involves finding action in your dialogue.

For example, if your script says, “I remember it like it was yesterday. The year was 1960. The men and women were celebrating.”

You’ll need to be able to choose suitable action words for each text (e.g., I taunt, I punch, I love). As a result, the above script would have each corresponding action word:

I remember it like it was yesterday. I dictate.

The year was 1960. I lie.

The men and women were celebrating. I paint.

As an actor, it is important to know that acting exercises are a key step when it comes to preparing for a role. The exercises stated above will not only help you create three-dimensional characters, it will also allow the audiences to understand their motives as well.

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