Build Your Vocabulary

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Build Your Vocabulary

This seems a bit strange to be included in acting tips, but it ties in with script analysis. Building your vocabulary as an actor will help you immensely because let's face it, if you don't understand the words in a script you don't understand what you're saying and when that happens, you're out of the play and into your head trying to put meaning where you have none. Building your vocabulary also helps you clarify your choices. How many times have you said, or heard someone say, “Well, I know what I want to say, I just can't think of the words.” If you can't think of the words, then you don't know what to say. How can you have a coherent thought or decision without possessing the words to express it?

   

Comments

7/1/2007 2:19:12 PM
jody said:

i totally agree.without good vocabulary, you loose things.another important thing is that you have to be clear so they can understand you perfectly.


11/17/2008 10:49:46 AM
Kayla Syme said:

Thats true that you have to know what your saying in order to say what you are trying to say.


5/25/2012 5:07:40 AM
Joel Adams said:

This is especially true for my task of teaching foreign actors to act in English. And it's good for improvisation, which I teach, since an actor with a limited vocabulary can get pretty boring pretty fast in an improvisational exercise, but having a good and working command of words adds a lot to their performance. And the best thing is that it's not one you think of often, but it is a vital part, so thanks for posting it.




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