In principle, a fundamental characteristic of any actor must be determination. Without the correct motivation, intention and focus, you will always end up in getting bored of practicing any technique. Acting is a beautiful and difficult profession, in which an actor is always potentially unemployed, since it is not a stable occupation, in most cases. The history of cinema and television has plenty of examples of brilliant and talented actors who were discovered quite late, because they weren’t lucky in their castings. Still, if you think you are not doing it well, keep reading and get rid of your bad habits in your performances.
An artist has to be training constantly
Training is a key point. In addition to pursuing the acting career. There are many cases of actors who have not gone through a school; however, they should study to improve themselves with advanced methods and techniques, in order to equip themselves with useful resources for the art of representation. It’s important to consider performers not only as actors for themselves, they also perform to an audience and is vital to keep this in mind.
Common mistakes done by beginners
Novice actors often believe that their performance space ends up on the edge of the stage and that no one in the audience will see them when they are not talking; this is not true at all. Beginners usually focus only on the other actors, forgetting that the audience also needs to listen and understand their characters, speeches and actions. Beginners must not walk around the boards or stand motionless with their backs to the public, as doing so, they eventually end up leaving the character too when they do not have text.
How to stop forgetting about the spectators
Always keep in mind that the audience is a partner and also part of the stage. Every spectator is there to boost your confidence when you perform well. They are there because they want you to call their attention, this means that they are already conditioned to trust your actions and speeches. Let go of your inhibitions and connect with the character, scene and plot. Just remember to never show them your back, always show them at least the three front quarters of your body and stay synchronized with your situation.
Use your body as well as your voice
Develop a way to enter and exit that are particular to your character. Those who see will know (and they must know) which character you are interpreting just by paying attention to the way you move. Invest enough time and effort in the physical nature of your character as you put in the time of learning the text. The actors should create a position. Focus on your micro-expressions to grow a few gaits and significant gestures for each character you are playing.
Find your center, read books and don’t stop learning new skills. Watch some movies and analyze the behaviour of each actor performing. It is always a good time to improve. Push yourself to reach your goals, even if you are a novice actor. Also, if you give classes to novice actors, learn from them and watch errors as things to change and not as problems that you have. Every skill you improve is a patch you put on yourself and each patch can provide, at least, an alternative to optimize your performance.