The Art Of Commmunication Whilst Acting

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Subject: Acting
Last updated: 17/04/2018
Tags: actor's voice, communication, movement, physicality

All actors are assistant storytellers. It's our job to assist the writer and director in realising the vision they have set out for their piece. Actors work as the vehicle to portray this vision, and the art of communication is the tool we use.

We, as humans, communicate constantly. We don't realise how much we communicate not only with spoken word, but our use of tone, our body language and the way we move all feeds into our communication. This all feeds the subtext that is being played between characters communicating onstage, both with each other and the audience.

Use of voice is primarily our biggest tool. We must speak clearly and concisely when on stage and on camera. It sounds obvious but I always start with this with my students, because mastering your voice is the first step on the way to becoming a great actor. Within our use of voice we also have how we choose to use our tone. For example adding sarcasm into our tone completely changes how we inflect a sentence, and how it is received by the characters on stage and the audience.

Body language and how we move also is a huge factor in our communication with others. How we choose to hold ourselves and the distances we keep from others when communicating immediately conveys the intimacy of a relationship. This doesn't only apply to other characters.

It's key to remember that we can have relationships with experiences or places also. How a character may feel about a place or a time is also important to communicate. This is key in monologues as this is generally something shared with the audience indirectly through a character, because they don't have anyone else on stage. The actor must use their tone, body laungauge ad movement to tell the story indirectly to the audience as they are not in the world of the play.

Mastering the art of communication is a lengthy and difficult task. The positives are that many of us are good communicators. You can become a good communicator quickly with a few tips and a little bit of help, but to become a great communicator we must dedicate our time to understanding the nuances and the science of how this is achieved. 

I act because I love to communicate. Its one of the most powerful tools we have in life and how we deal with situations. Mastering communication will aid in every aspect of life, whether you want to be a doctor, lawyer, estate agent, business owner or actor. Its a universal skill that we should all cherish and respect.

Robert Metson Acting Coaches (East London)

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My sessions are all about the students having fun! its through enjoyment and acceptance of self that we can truly achieve the goals we want when auditioning

I work on a 1-1 across all entertainment mediums (theatre, musical theatre and television)

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