Being an actor is all about feeling comfortable out there and knowing that even though you’re more than likely to make a couple of mistakes, nobody else needs to know it. You must know how to improvise and thrive when things aren’t going your way.
Rookie actors tend to make a lot of mistakes, mostly because of the fact that… well, they’re inexperienced and wary. Throughout their careers, every single big shot has messed up at least once or twice, so don’t let that discourage you at all. Either way, we always have to strive for greatness and try and get better at what we do. So, if you’re trying to become a professional actor, you must study and prepare yourself to try and avoid several mistakes. Luckily for you, we’ve put together a list with the most common mistakes, and most importantly, how to avoid them.
Forget About the Audience
Beginners always tend to think that the boundaries of their performances end at the edge of the stage and that they’re invisible to the audience. They talk directly to other actors and forget about the fact that the audience also needs to hear what’s going on, or turn their backs to the audience and get out of character once they mess up. Therefore, you must think about the audience as if they were yet another actor joining you on the play. You need them to see you, to hear you, you must get their attention. If you’re quiet and not doing anything at all, you must turn at least ¾ of your body towards the audience, so they can feel your presence even if your head’s leaning on another direction.
Acting with the Voice, Not the Body
Rookie actors tend to spend a lot of time thinking about their lines and often get block, therefore they tend to forget about incorporating the real world in their rehearsals. You must always remember to make eye contact with the audience, as people feel connected to what they see. If what they see is boring, you’ve lost them.
You can practice without making any kind of sound. Practice on your body language, and use it to help your character communicate with your audience. Rehearse your entrances, practice leaving a room. People in the audience must feel and know the personality of your character just by the way you move.
Act Like Yourself
While taking a role you feel comfortable with is a great way to loosen up and relatable characters always feel more passionate, you must be very careful when acting just like if you were the character. You must get out of your shell, and try and make a difference .Analyze your character. Try to find similarities and differences between you and him. Point the difference and choose the specific moments where you can tell and identify them. Perhaps, you’ll feel odd because of the fact that it’s different to what you’re used to doing, but that’s exactly the point here.