Wednesday, July 21, 2010
8 Tips Actors can give Writers
But it wasn’t all a waste. I learned so many great things from acting. Below is a brief list of tips that writers can gain from the skills of the acting trade:
1. We communicate in more ways than dialogue alone. An actor learns that emotion is also conveyed through body language. It’s shared through silences. It can even be shown through interaction with the environment. Remember that when you write and you’ll go a long way.
2. Actors show the drama. They don’t stand on stage and describe the emotions they are going through.
3. Study people. Great actors build an understanding of people: how they react, how they move, how they think. They observe and they remember so they can then emulate what they have learned in their art. So too writers need this skill to build on their characters.
4. Don’t overdramatise. The audience and readers alike only cringe. Over the top dilutes poignancy and smothers nuances.
5. Build self-confidence. It takes courage to stand up on stage and offer the audience yourself. It takes great courage to send your writing into the public. But not only that, it takes courage to spill out your heart and soul into your work.
6. Be thick skinned. Actors and writers will have to face criticism in their careers. Learn when to listen and when to shrug it off.
7. Practice makes perfect. The more an actor acts, the more a writer writes, the better they will become.
8. Be professional. No matter what you choose to take on in life, always be professional. Show respect for your craft.
Can you think of any other acting tips which might be helpful for writers?