Memorising lines can be a challenge, especially to new actors. Whether you’re acting on a stage play or on a film, it’s important that you memories your lines so everything will be smoother, not just for you, but for the entire cast and crew. There are some tips and techniques that can help you memories your lines better. Here they are.
Memories One Line at a Time
Scripts can be long and it can be overwhelming if you tell yourself that you have to memories everything in one sitting. The pressure that you’ll feel will not help you in remembering your lines. Since scripts are often given several days or weeks before the actual play or filming, it’s best to start memorising the lines as soon as possible so you don’t rush. It will be easier to focus when you know that you have plenty of time to study the script.
Memories one line then another. Put them together and keep on repeating until you memories them. Memories another line and add with the first two that you have already memorised, and so on. You are gradually adding more lines, as you repeat the previous ones that you have already memorised. Repeating your lines over and over will help you memories them.
Read the Script Over and Over
Reading your lines over and over is another technique to memorize them. It’s like reviewing for an exam. You go through the points that you already studied and memorised so not to forget them. Doing this will help retain information or the lines in your mind, making it easier for you to remember them.
Record the Script and Repeatedly Listen to the Audio
Another technique on how actors memories their lines is by recording the script and listening to it repeatedly. You can record this on your smartphone and play the recording in a loop. There are apps that you can download that will make it easier for you to do this. Record all the lines including that of the other characters’ lines so you’ll know when to spiel yours. Say your lines as they are played on the recording so that your mind will retain them. It’s also important that you’re in a quiet room or environment so you can focus on listening to the lines. However, the situation may not always be ideal so it’s recommended that you invest in the best circumaural headphones that you can find around. These headphones suppress noise so even when you are in a noisy place, you can still listen to the audio repeatedly and focus on memorising your lines.
Practise It by Yourself
Practise will make you better and repeatedly doing this will help memories your lines. Once you know your lines, say them in front of the mirror so you’ll see how you also look when you do that. Moreover, this will feel like someone’s watching you. With this, you can prepare yourself to be more prepared when you say your lines in front of other people.
Practice It with Someone
Ask a friend or family member to read the lines of the other character or characters that you will be conversing with on the script. It’s different when you say your lines with another person so practice beforehand so that you will get used to it.
Repeat the Lines While Doing Something Else
Once you are confident that you have memorised your lines, try saying them while doing other things like running, cooking, or cleaning the house. Not only will this help you use a space in your brain that is not used for memorising, but this will also help you put the lines to heart. If you can spiel your lines perfectly while doing other things, this means that you have memorised them by heart and you probably will not forget them, as long as you keep on practicing them.
Write the Lines
Some people remember things well when they write them. Try this technique and keep writing your lines, especially those that you are having difficulties memorising.
These are just some of the techniques on how actors memories their lines. Use them to memories yours too. The key here is to repeatedly read, listen, write, or say your lines.
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