Sunday, 30 April 2017


Acting lesson with Teacher/Director Cliffmanuel Akoma 

                           So you would like to be an actor?

The first step is to figure out why you want to be one.

Ask yourself, "Why do I want to be an actor?"

If you want to be rich and famous, that can be a long and difficult road that requires a lot of luck.

But if you want to be an actor because it is fun or it brings you joy or you like entertaining others,

then this could be the right choice for you.

Decide why you want to act, figure out why it is important to you and what kind of actor you want to be.

Answer the question: "Why you want to act, figure out why it is important to you and what kind of actor you want to be." Go on to Day 2 after you've completed this.

ACTING TIP: "Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in it.

Back in the year 2000 when i was still fighting for my career in Enugu, it was not ease at all, it was very difficult for me to get a role, not just me alone, we were much, many of them gave up and list, but i made up my mind i was not going to gave up, i made up my mind to succeed, though it was not easy for me but because o have determined. so what so ever you are seeing, don't gave up, there is a place in the industry for you.

To start acting might be your dream, but ask yourself: "Why do I want to become an actor  i will give you the strategies to get there.

In today's lecture i will be teaching on some tips on how to stand as an actor or actress.

- Get exposure with commercial contests and build your portfolio
-Get the lead in a play
-Voice Acting Auditions and Contests
-Help with Stage Fright
-Advice for New Actors about Agents
-Tips for Memorizing Lines
-Do actors feel emotions when they act or just pretend?
-Improving Voice Acting (Killing the Monotone)
-How to perform a monologue help
-3 important things to do to be good at improv acting
-Actor under 18? Go to Hollywood?
-To Live or Die in LA (tips for new actors: getting experience and finding an agent)
-Tips for making homemade headshots (for new actors)
-Being a TV and Film Extra in LA
-Free Monologues for Auditions
-Get your personal acting program!
-In our e-acting program you will
-learn acting techniques you can do at home
- find out what it takes to become an actor.
- get usefull tips for your audition.
- improve your acting skills

And here is our special:
start acting, how to make that dream come true

About voice-acting
Voice-overs are actors that use voice-acting. They providing voices for animated characters (including those in feature films, television program, animated short films, and video games) and radio .

Acting exercises
We give you acting exercises to improve your skills. From various techniques you get a few exercises that are easy to do

Different acting styles, different approach.
In order to know what acting styles are required you have to understand the differences. Here is a list of styles you might find interesting.

About acting history
There is a lot to know about acting history. Know it and understand why you perform like you do!

Acting techniques
Acting techniques will get you on top! Improve your skills, by taking technical acting course
"The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation. The theatre is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time. The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation

Acting tip
When you have the chance to audition for a play or a role in a movie, make sure you know your part. It is important to do your piece the best way you can. Do not compare yourself to others. It can undermine your confidence and believe it or not, that is what will be noticed. You can only do the best YOU can. And enjoy the chance you've got to audition in the first place. The best you can is your BEST PERFORMANCE.

Another acting tip

Try to watch every episode of Inside the Actor Studio. It gives you a lot of information about the acting business by the experts! The actors we see on screen share their experience, their special moments and the struggles they had as an actor. Not just great to see the more personal side of the actor, but get an insight in how they work. These are valuable documents for any actor!
You Long To Follow Your Dream But Don't Know Where To Begin?
the step you have just taken is the best place to start seeking out acting lessons. It's a vat of information!

Tips To Consider Before Joining

                  1 Beware of anyone or any agencies that say they can make you famous and then ask for                         money.

                  2 The only way to get good acting work is through hard work and continuous auditioning                         to get yourself seen.

                  3 Make sure they are reputable by checking their website googling their names, forums                          are also a great way to find out what people are saying about them.

                 4 Teachers do need to have gone through acting training, but not necessarily teacher                               training, so esquire about where they trained.

                  5 Phone them up and ask if they have any free introductory sessions that you can take part                      in before joining.

                  6 Most schools will charge a fee for a block or a course of lessons, a monthly fee or have a                     PAY rate. DO NOT get tied in to a yearly contract!!!!

Start at the beginning with an acting technique class and work your way up from there. I had a great time in my beginners classes. It was a creative outlet for me but also pushed my boundaries allowing for my voice to be heard
Step out of your comfort zone!

What Do You Look For In Acting For Beginners Classes?
If you don't know what to expect from acting lessons when you start, don't worry, you are not alone. Most people will feel shy, nervous or embarrassed around a new group, some are just better at hiding it!

Did You Know? Performing in front of a group builds self-confidence and actually decreases anxiety!
And what will they teach you?  soon you will be leaning how to Increase your creativity by using your imagination with improvisation techniques and games. This is great fun! It forces you to get over any shyness very quickly. I learned that I was extremely competitive, who knew!
Bring a character to life through observing human behavior.
Movement will teach you how to become physically aware about your body's own habits that may prevent you from getting into character.

Learn that by doing a vocal warm-up and articulation exercises greatly improves voice quality, vocal range and prevents tightness and hoarseness.
Analyze a script by breaking it down and taking it apart to see what it's really all about and then put it back together again.

Experimentation is actively encouraged and failure is never frowned upon, it's part of learning.
Take a leap of faith by learning something new about yourself!
soon will lean about The Acting Basics, and also educate you on different acting methods and techniques based on the teachings of master acting instructors.
' Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes.

Tip 1- Introduction 
Firstly and very importantly make sure you always introduce yourself and your monologue. Even if it is a well known monologue or playwright, it is still vital that you tell your audience your name, the play and the role you will be playing. Seems simple enough but often something that people forget to do.

Tip 2- Understanding your character and the scene.
This doesn't just go for video monologues, this is for any audition as is extremely important. Be sure to go through the character development process as you should be fully aware of who your character is and what they are doing or feeling in this situation. This also goes for the play. Always read the play in order to understand the characters and what's been going on up to this point. Don't just read the synopsis, your audience will be able to tell, trust me.

Tip 3- know who you are talking to.
This can be an awkward one if you don't actually know who it is your talking to. This will make a difference in the way you may direct your monologue. Is your character talking to a family member? A friend? or an industry prof essional?

Tip 4- Know where you are looking  at.
Where is your focus? Never look straight into the camera. The only time you should be doing this is if you recording a video diary. Otherwise pick a point where the person you are speaking to is and focus on that. Usually just above the lens or the side. Never too high up or too much the side as the camera wants to see your pretty face.

Tip 5- Voice
Keep it natural. Try not to do accents unless you have been specifically asked to as it can sound a little confusing on a video. Be aware of the tone of your voice and the volume you are speaking at. It is better to use the volume keys if you you need the video louder or quieter, rather than you whispering or shouting.

Tip 6- Lighting & space 
Pick a part of the room where there isn't too much going on in the background. For example, try not to record in front of walls covered with pictures, mirrors or patterned wallpaper as this can cause a distraction for the audience. Keep the background as plain as possible. When it comes to lighting be careful of harsh lighting or filters. Pick a part of the room with natural light, if its too dark we won't be able to see you properly either.

Tip 7- Facial expressions and gestures
When recording monologues try and keep the facial expressions and hand gestures to minimum. Often we like to use our hands when we speak however this can come across as a distraction. This also goes for facial expressions, if you're a stage actor you are probably used to making slightly more exaggerated facial expressions, however the camera picks up every little detail so it is better to tone down this for camera acting.

Tip 8- clothing & props
Again simple is better. Try not to wear distracting outfits and keep colours natural unless you feel it is really important for your character. Using props is fine as long as you don't go overboard with this. One or two props at most.

Tip 9- Keep the speech to no more than three minutes 
If you are auditioning for a drama school pick a monologue that is not too long. Three minutes is usually the maximum monologue time for drama schools. They have a lot of monologues to go through so if it's too long they probably won't watch the whole thing so keep to minimum.

Tip 10- my final tip would be on hair and and makeup. 
Keep hair away from face, style your hair however you like, but unless your playing the evil girl from the ring try not to have your hair dangling in front of your face otherwise we won't hear a word your saying. With regards to makeup unless specified or as part of the role try not to overdo makeup. Stage acting is very different to screen acting. because the camera picks up everything and trust me you don't want the director thinking you look like a clown. Unless that's the look for going for which in that case go for it ;) see you again in the part 2

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