Common techniques for better acting performance
It’s true that some people are simply born with an impressive talent for acting. The skills are naturally born and integrated into the personality of these people. However, that does not mean that their acting doesn’t require improvement, directing, re-shaping and remodeling. That, also, doesn’t mean that those without inborn talent cannot learn to act. It’s not all about nature and genetics, some is plain and simple learning techniques and practices. Here are some of the most common acting techniques to improve your performance.
Stanislavsky’s classical technique
The classic method of training actors is an attempt of imposing a universally effective way of training and improving acting skills of everyone using it. It is based upon a general approach which expects actors to get into the mindset of the profile they are trying to portrait and try their best to identify with the character. With this mental maneuver, actors should train several different aspects, such as their vocal skills, physical skills, concentration and observation, the capability to analyze dramatic moments and finally – better expression of wide range of emotions. These aspects are designed to work as a universal guideline, while each actor should combine them into his style.
Lee Strasberg was a founder of so-called Method acting technique widely used among Hollywood or Broadway actors. The major idea is based upon affective memory and plasticity of actor’s personal experiences and emotions. When describing this acting technique, many actors tend to mystify it a bit and talk about “becoming” the character they are supposed to portrait at a given moment. It refers to a specific approach which imposes imagining themselves defined by traits, emotions, and deeds of their character so they could live a life of a given character for a while and express it vividly later.
The Chekhov acting technique
One of the biggest and famous names who used this acting technique is Clint Eastwood. The Chekhov’s acting strategy is based on the specific idea of the actor being the unique composition of a body and soul. Thus, he is expected to analyze thoroughly character’s issues and inner dynamic and use his body language to express character’s problems via external gestures. All of this should be marked by the way actor sees a given character filtered through his emotions, traits, and experiences.