Whether you are just starting out as an actor and looking to make a break onto the screen, or you are an experienced on-screen talent hoping to sharpen up on your skills, it is always important to stay actively improving your craft and becoming the best actor you can possibly be. As they say. practice makes perfect, and those at the top did not get to Oscar-award winning status just by luck or pure natural talent (well.. maybe some).
To become a better actor it takes time, persistence, and often thick-skin to get through the rejections, long hours and cut outs! But fear not, as it as not all as daunting as it may seem, especially when first starting out as an actor. We have compiled a list of tips to help you become a better actor, whether it be to help you get to Broadway, Netflix or Television, check out our list below and get practicing today!
Our Top 7 Tips To Become a Better Actor
An important ongoing process of being an actor is researching the talents around you, the industry, what makes a good actor in the opinion of yourself and the general public.. Being able to understand what makes the best, the best, will be an important factor in being able to understand what you may need to improve to get to a higher level.
A great way to make a start is by reading plays or finding scripts you have never heard of. Make it a daily or weekly goal that you perform. By reading different plays as often as you can, you will discover new playwrights and learn about their various different tones and styles, especially within characters.
Make sure you binge-watch plenty of Amazon Prime, and read a few books on acting whilst you at it! All research is good research, so dont be lazy and get stuck in.
6. Do not be discouraged from rejection
There is not an actor in the world (I think) that has not been rejected or turned down from a role at some point in time. It is highly competitive, especially for roles in major productions, so do not be upset or give up due to being turned down from an audition or application.
You have to learn to keep going in the acting industry, as often it is not about your the level of your skills and experience, but often productions can be very picky on specific characteristics and temperaments of people in order to make the role, in their eyes, perfect. Keep going, keep applying, keep auditioning, and never give up!
5. The audition is not only about getting the job
Sometimes, focusing too much on the actual audition itself can make things a bit daunting and stressful! The audition is basically a room of people judging you, so making a fan out of the people in the room is the most important thing you can do.
You have no control over what happens after your audition. Maybe you were too tall, maybe they cut that role, maybe they gave the role to the director’s cousin. Whatever the case, all you have control over is your performance in the room. Commit to your choices and show up. Let the rest go.
4. Create Your Own Technique.
The best acting technique is whatever you create that works for you. I am a huge believer in trying out all techniques, and seeing what works best. During my sophomore year at performing arts high school, I found myself taking a required introductory Meisner class which I had studied since elementary school in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta.
There was one exercise we did in class, and when I tried it myself it did NOT feel natural. I felt like I was pushing my acting and nothing connected. Since then, I have trusted myself to tailor various techniques that work best for me creating my own technique.
3. Understanding the Character.
Not only must the actor understand the role of the character, but he must also be able to understand the script itself. Talking to the director and gaining insight on what the script is really about will help place the person in the right frame of mind when acting out his part of the character.
Have other actors or friends who are interested as you are, to have a look at the character also and gain some outside opinions. It is never a bad thing to get some outside insight on a character or script, and can also be a great way to give you some amazing ideas!