February 16 2021
Shahzaad Ausman acting exercises and games may be done by yourself, but many would be more fun doing in groups. So if you have any actor friends and some time off, get together and try these out. The more actors play, improvise and let themselves go, the better actors they become. It’s pretty simple. Make sure you’re improving your chances in the acting business, and doing everything else to progress, you can also try some exercises and games to further develop your acting skills. Surprisingly, there are a lot of ways to let yourself have fun, get yourself into the state mind of a child and develop your acting skills.
1. The Man on a Bus Stop
This exercise is aimed to develop your imagination. Developing imagination is one of the most important components of actor’s success In order for the audience to believe your acting, it’s you who has to believe first that the life of your character is real. And to do that, you need to be able to build a small world of your character’s life in your mind.
Even just for one scene, you have to come up with answers of why you are doing, what you are doing, why is it that way, etc. That’s exactly what your imagination is for. You should work on developing your imagination as often as possible. It is useful for mastering acting skills, but also it is so much fun to live having a good imagination!
2. What Were They Wearing?
This exercise is aimed at developing attention. Attention is very important for an actor as well, as you have to pay attention to every detail of other people. Also, it is very difficult for a beginner to play an emotion or a state that he/she has never experienced. But if your attention is well developed, you can always recall the observations about the people who have experienced the desired state or emotion.
Human memory is a tool that can be developed and trained, regardless of the initial indicators and the age at which this development begins. The idea of mnemonics is that our memory stores images and pictures very well. It allows you to convert any information to some image, so you can easily remember tables, large series of numbers, new languages, etc.
4. The Chair
It’s another exercise that is aimed to develop actor’s imagination. It is a very simple exercise, where all of the participants sit around one chair and have to come up with various ways of how someone can make a chair
They choose another object and continue doing the same thing with it. If you are alone, you can always do it yourself; however, it’s much harder and can soon become a bit boring.
5. The “Machine” of emotions
Showing emotions on camera or on stage can be very hard for some beginners. This “Machine” of emotions is a mechanism in your imagination, composed of elements associated with the desired emotion.
6. “Role model”
It’s good for young actors to have role models. There are so many wonderful actors nowadays, that the only thing you have to do is to open a scene from any of their movies on YouTube and start to imitate their speech, pose, gestures, voice and emotions.
7. The Roles
First exercise we advised you to think of possible professions, hobbies of people on the street. Now you have to come up with ideas why the person on a bus stop or anywhere else is in his current state (think of emotions, words and gestures). For example if you see a person who is smiling, try to think of possible reasons why he is doing it:
8. The Change of Roles
This exercise is one of the easiest ways to make your acting more lively and diverse. Different roles require different intonation, gestures, emotions and energy. Once you get used to acting different roles, you can easily change the nature of your speech and the shape of the material.
In this exercise, you will be asked to try acting 5 very different from each other roles. Then you’ll be able to expand the list of such typecasting.
In this task you will have to present a monologue on some topic for 3 – 5 minutes without any stops or time for preparation. You should try to avoid any pauses and your speech should sound like you’ve been preparing it for a long time.
At first choose the topics you are familiar with, then move on to the once that you hardly know anything about. This exercise will help you to develop you skills of improvisation.
It is another exercise aimed to develop your skills in improvising. Ask one of your colleagues (it would be great if it’s not your friend) to prepare a list of questions for you. The questions should be very personal and unexpected and should require a detailed answer.
11. “Words starting with….”
When you are alone in your room and you have some free time, use this exercise as a way to develop your skills in concentrating on details.
It is essential for actors to cleverly use their bodies on stage and mime (a performance art involving the acting out of a story through body motions without use of speech) games are a very powerful way to improve your body language skills.
How do children learn? They repeat what adults do! And repeating is one of the fastest and most effective ways of learning! How can we enrich performance with different styles and extend the range of our speaking skills?
It’s very simple! Get a video of one of the speeches that you like and the style that you would like to adopt. Then, just try to say the same thing the way the speaker does. As soon as you like it the way you speak, turn to some other style and make sure to do this exercise at least 15 minutes at a time.
14. Painting the Fence
This acting exercise is aimed at developing calisthenics of your hands. It is commonly used in theatres, where the members of the theater group all at once, or one by one, must do the following motions:
15. Stroking an animal
This exercise should be done in a group, so take your friends and give everyone a sheet of paper with the list of animals in it (cat, elephant, hamster, dog and so on).
Each of the participants chooses an animal he/she likes and imagines holding and stoking it. The task of other participants is to guess which animal it is.