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The Magic Secret: How to Memorize Lines by Rote, so You Can Really Listen & Respond in the Moment, instead of Trying to Remember Lines in front of the Camera
The Magic Secret: How to Memorizing Line by Rote, so You Can Really Listen & Respond in the Moment, instead of Trying to Remember Lines in front of the Camera
Test it Out.
1. Pick a scene from a show running on TV right now.
2. Take your characters lines and write them out as a monologue.
This is super important:
**DO NOT READ THE OTHER CHARACTERS LINES.**
You should never hear those lines until you're actually in the audition so you don't have to 'act' like you're hearing them for the first time because you actually ARE hearing them for the first time.
**THE CAMERA WANTS TO SEE YOU HEARING THOSE LINES, TAKING IT IN AND THOSE WORDS AFFECTING YOU IN THE MOMENT, NOT THE MOMENT YOU'VE PREPARED.**
3. You now have exactly 30 minutes to memorize that monologue.
4. And here's how you do it: repeat each line 9 times fast (clearly), but fast with no acting, just repeat.
5. After you repeat one line 9 times fast, then add the second line, then repeat both lines 9 times fast. Then add the 3rd line and proceed accordingly.
How to Test if You're Really Memorized by Rote.
You should be able to say all of your lines like a monologue in about half the time it takes to do the scene.
Most on camera scenes are about 60 to 120 seconds. So you should be able to repeat all of your lines like a monologue in 30 seconds without stopping while washing dishes or taking out the trash.
If you stumble over lines, forget, drop lines, then you're trying to remember the lines by making sense of them instead of by rote and you're not really memorized.
What will happen in the audition room, is that because you're not memorized by rote, the camera will catch you trying to remember lines instead of really listening and truthfully responding to the other actor in the scene.
One more time for the road since this seems to be such an difficult idea for actors to get ahold of until they really commit to memorizing by rote:
If you are not memorized by rote, then the camera will catch you acting and the work will suck.
So, I want you to spend the next week memorizing lines by rote, not reading the other person's lines and then coaching those scenes and see what happens.
The psychology of the character automatically kicks in if you're really listening moment to moment instead of memorizing lines...
This is all so much simpler than you're making it....TRUST.
Try this technique and then let me know how it goes.
That's all I got...
Love, Light & Power,
April Yvette Thompson &
6 Week Star-Maker Challenge Team
P.S. If you can do this process on your own, have at it. But if you think you'd like a little help.
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