100 Top Tips for Actors

How To Become A Better Actor

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These 100 pearls of Wisdom were put together by the guys over at Stage Milk and we thought we might share them with our readers and clients. Watching the actors in my family trying similar exercises and moving and thinking outside the box really makes sense to me as a creative.

As an actor wanting to become better at his or her craft, you should find this list as an essential tool in expanding yourself and tapping into boundless talent that lies within!

1. Watch a play. If you haven’t watched a play this month book a ticket now.
2. Work a scene with a friend THIS WEEK.
3. Do something you’ve never done before.
4. Read a poem.
5. Speak a poem out loud.
6. Delete embarrassing Facebook photos.
7. Breathe. You can’t act when you are holding your breath.
8. Do you have an agent? Spend the majority of your time getting an agent.
9. Sign up to IMBD Pro.
10. Have a favourite actor/ actors.
11. Watch the IMDB Top 250. Finish the top 100 this year.
12. Follow StageMilk on Facebook and Twitter.
13. Read something on Stanislavski.
14. Read a voice book.
15. Read The Power of the Actor Chapter 1 – 3.
16. Do an acting class. Even if it’s one hour do something THIS MONTH.
17. Buy a camera.
18. Hum in the shower.
19. Congratulate people on their success.
20. Try Tai Chi.
21. Try Feldenkrais
22. Try Alexander Technique.
23. Try Yoga.
24. Exercise 3 times this week. And next week. And every week until the day you die.
25. Read Plays.
26. Learn your lines.
27. Do a voice warm up.
28. Get a haircut.
29. Watch films.
30. Read every night before bed.
31. Read the first three pages out loud.
32. Watch television shows.
33. Read books on acting.
34. Get an acting coach.
35. Read plays out loud with friends.
36. Tell stories.
37. Tell jokes.
38. Learn to dance.
39. Dance.
40. Learn to sing.
41. SING.
42. Fall in love.
43. Live your life.
44. See a therapist.
45. Watch interviews with actors. (Actors Studio)
46. Write everyday.
47. Read everyday.
48. Go to drama school.
49. Listen to podcasts.
50. Talk about theatre.
51. Ask questions!
52. Have your heart broken.
53. Be vulnerable.
54. Have an opinion.
55. Get political.
56. Learn to love conflict.
57. Be honest with yourself.
58. Get a mentor.
59. Get an apprentice.
60. Stay flexible.
61. Open your heart.
62. Start a writing group.
63. Join a book club.
64. Engage in a community.
65. Write a play.
66. Go to fringe festivals.
67. Go to opening nights.
68. Make a short film.
69. Produce a play.
70. Go backstage in a big theatre.
71. Stand on a main stage.
72. Make mistakes.
73. Do what scares you.
74. GET FIT.
75. Meditate…
76. Download Headspace.
77. Do an improv class.
78. Roll around on the floor.
79. PLaY like a CHILD.
80. Trust yourself.
81. Trust the director.
82. Trust your casting.
83. Read the play before learning your lines.
84. Watch people.
85. Listen.
86. Listen to your parents stories.
87. Learn history.
88. Learn the history of theatre.
90. Try new things.
91. Enjoy your own company.
92. Stay up all night.
93. Go sky diving.
94. Learn EVERYONE’S names.
95. Help friends with auditions.
96. Build something.
97. Learn a poem.
98. Write a poem.
99. Get a diary.
100. Be Bold!

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