Happy Sunday fellow actors, and all other readers and fans around the world! Today we're going to talk about memorizing lines, which is pretty easy if you've been cast in a play, and have a month to analyze your script, but what if you're handed a script, a page let's say, and have 30 minutes or less to not only memorize but create a memorable performance on a TV or film set?
I asked a number of DC Actors how they regularly approach such a task and got a variety of answers. Read on and learn!
Ralph Mauriello 30 minutes? That long? 1 page? Know the story so well first. Then commit it to memory. It's called preparation. Too many actors know nothing of it. Scenes that take longer than 3-5 takes are unforgivable. That's just one man's opinion.
Jasmine Guillermo Ask yourself "What is my intent when I say this? What does my character want out of this situation? What do I feel when saying this?" You'll find that not only does putting feeling and objective to each line help you to memorize better, but it adds depth and layers to your character.
Lorenzo Jones Repetition, Repetition, Repetition. When I go over my lines continuously even during a short period of time it begins to sink in.
Chad Eric Smith Record your voice saying the lines and then play the audio repeatedly in your head phones. Learn the lines as you'd learn a song. Rewind, play, rewind, play, memorize.
Oh, and good writing is easier to memorize. Work with good writers.
Jason Evan Barrett When you first read the script, try and pinpoint the first feeling that comes to mind, then work your "why am I saying this moment?" around the feeling. You will soon discover that your objective will start to naturally form on its own, allowing a deeper connection to the purpose of your words.
Erin McMahon Get to know the scene and say it a few times and make it your type then you can feel it and make it your own also act like you are talking to a friend - Erin McMahon
Nyesha Whitten-Wilson Record and listen, then write them down from memory
Kim Hoang Read and keep reading. Then say the dialogue again and again.. Use body movement along with the studying..
Joshua Hampton The use of a #YellowHighLighter works everytime