Actors act through their acting instrument-Body and Mind
Here we are discussing a process in 'Mind'-Listening and Reacting
It is an understanding the meaning and objective of what is being talked about. As an actor, you have to exhibit through expressions and responses what you are listening to what your
You should be able to react to listening by:
- Physical means like gestures of hand, feet, head and shoulders
- Emotionally by surprise, anger, sadness, disgust, Courage, speechlessness
- Verbally by muttering or words or nonverbal, only through expressions
Many a times a director will ask you to speak your lines in a different way to see if he/she can improve a shot. The method is to learn to speak lines using imagining different objective of your lines.
Example: suppose you have to say-"You are going to Juhu Beach tomorrow"
1/ It could be a simple statement
2/ Emphasize each word-
- "YOU, are going to Juhu Beach tomorrow"(nobody else but you)
youARE going to Juhu Beach tomorrow" (instructing)
youare GOING to Juhu Beach tomorrow" ?(have to go)
youare going to JUHU BEACH tomorrow" ?(only Juhu beach and no other place)
youare going to Juhu Beach TOMORROW" ? (only tomorrow and not any other day)
I hope you have understood. Start sharpening your acting instrument from TODAY itself!