How Professional Actors Approach a Script

How Professional Actors Approach a Script


there are many things that professional
actors do that amateur actors often overlook and one of them involves the way they
approach a script and that’s what I’ll be sharing with you
today hey guys it’s kurt from small-market
actor dot com now when a professional actor and
amateur actor look at their lines in a script they usually approach it in totally
different ways amateurs tend to focus on the words
while pros focus on communication now it may not
sound like a big deal but there is actually a huge difference Irish
playwright George Bernard Shaw said that the single biggest problem in
communication is the illusion that it has taken place
so what does this have to do with acting well amateur actors often fall into the
trap of believing saying all the words right is enough
to effectively communicate a message so they spend most of their time
memorizing their lines I’ve personally fallen into this trap many
times but the professional actor understands
that communication is much more than just words if it were only about the words then
anybody who’s able to roboticly recite lines could be an
actor but that’s not communication communication has feeling communication has emotion communication has depth and because of that
professional actors don’t spend most of their time memorizing their lines instead they
spend it on giving lines meaning making the words
come alive not only their own lines but
their partners lines as well they spend time making choices and adding
behavior to turn their characters into real human beings and not just a puppet saying pre-written words so if you aren’t
yet approaching your script this way then what are some steps that you can
take in order to do so here are a couple ways to start shifting your
focus from words to communication have a reason to talk when actors don’t focus on communication
they often don’t know why they’re saying what
they’re saying they’re simply spitting out lines because
they were written there in the script but again it isn’t the actor’s job to say the
words is the actor’s job to put thought and feeling into the words so give yourself
a reason to talk look at your line and figure out the
thoughts and feelings behind them so that you have a deeper understanding of what
you’re saying in real life words don’t just come out of our mouths for no reason even though you might swear you know someone who suffers from
that condition no in real life there are always thoughts
and feelings behind every word that we speak so apply
this to your acting inject your scripted lines with thoughts and feeling to your communication depth reactor others speaking of things real human beings do in real life
we react to things other people say and do so
just like you should have a feeling about your own lines you should
also have a feeling about what other people say as well a lot amateur
actors simply wait for their turn to talk and then as soon as their partner finishes speaking they excitedly blurt out
their next line but that’s not how conversation works in real
life in real life we listen to what others say we then
processes it have a reaction to it and then finally we formulate a response
don’t skip those first three steps listening processing and reacting are
just as important a part of communication as speaking work on these
things and pretty soon you’ll no longer look
like an after reciting lines you’ll look like a human being speaking
from the heart alright guys thanks again for watching
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19 thoughts on “How Professional Actors Approach a Script

  1. When I read a script I focus more of my attention on what’s going on around the words. Not only the words. If you get the sense of the scene and what’s going on around the words and the words will just come to you

  2. Is this a SNL skit? There's so many ironies here, it's hard to know where to start. When you set yourself up as an "authority" you have to be on point and at least know the basics. Here, the sound is awful, as though he's speaking in a bathroom. The lighting is flat — zero field of depth. The framing is flat (the rule of thirds?). The non-stop, distracting, odd hand movements add nothing to what he is saying and his droning tone of voice is completely insincere, as though he's doing his "radio announcer voice", just saying words without any meaning. Pauses to process? Nope. Recapping? Nope. A good actor also knows that acting is a visual media wherein a series of reveals keeps the audience's attention. Most of what he is saying is common myths, self-evident, and/or broad general definitive statements as though fact. How many actors don't read the script and/or know the lines when starting a project? Plenty of Academy Award winners use the method of "surprise", adaptation, honest reaction, trust in the director. They keep it "real" by keeping it really real. If you are not a "professional actor" telling you this stuff isn't helpful. If you already ARE a "professional actor", then you should know this. Modeling schools can't "teach" you to model (you either have the requirements or you don't) any more than this video can teach you to be insightful, analytical, methodical, driven, instinctual, observational, talented or the multitude of "business skills" to sell a limited-use craft/goods/service that has perceived value to a for-profit populist business based on narrow cliches and stereotypes on mass media for a fickle public. This man doesn't have "the answer" any more than the random guy on the corner.

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