This is so easy, you can literally do two of them sitting down!
As auditioning actors, we want to be working on our craft whenever we can to keep our skills sharp. ABSOLUTELY acting classes are the way to do it, but what if you've taken a bunch of classes and are feeling a little burnt out? What if you're a little low in funds at the moment? How can you keep your inner artist happy?
These are some ideas that I think work great for audition prep, general knowledge, and most importantly they're fun to do!
Tip #1 - Watch TV shows filming locally
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Vancouver has SO MANY PRODUCTIONS FILMING HERE, you're bound to audition for some of them! Even if there's a show you don't personally enjoy watching, WATCH IT. Pay attention to the style of acting, the tone, the pace, what's the general storyline?
Another thing to watch for is how the actors are groomed and dressed. Are the women wearing a lot of makeup, or barely any? Do the men have perfectly tailored suits, or more casual? Understanding "the world" of a show can help you in your self-tape. You'll know how to behave/dress for the part perfectly!
Tip #2 - Read it all!
Acting requires action, working in a class is the best way to hone your skills. However you can still gain a lot from reading acting books and plays. Expanding your knowledge on rehearsal techniques from different acting teachers (Larry Moss, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler to name a few).
Reading plays can be a great way to work on your craft. Not only reading them because they're entertaining, but they're great for working on your text analysis! Try to figure out a character's objective, their obstacles, how they interact with the other characters, it's like a puzzle!
Check out the Biz Books Store for some material!
Tip #3 - Practice with your friends!
This is something I love to do in my downtime! Whether you read plays out loud with other actors OR you teach your non-actor friends some improv games, you are technically working on your acting skills!
I think that this is the most important tip you should try because its a great reminder for why you love acting!
Don't just wait for the phone to ring...
Stay active between auditions, but don't stress yourself out! Remember, acting is FUN!
For more tips and tricks, check out www.TheDramaClass.com !