Acting for the Newbie
Acting began because of the man's need to express,
emote and to tell stories. Acting is said to have found its
origins in the religious rituals of the primitive times and
the first performers were the religious leaders of the tribes.
The development of theater, as we see today, is largely attributed
to the Greeks.
Drama dates back to 534 BC. Contests were held to choose
the best tragedy. The winner was called a Thespis who is also
believed to the very first actor. The term "thespian"
comes form this name. He played all his roles to perfection
that ranged from women to children, a norm at that time. Sadly
none of the writings of this actor survive.
Interestingly, in those times, the actors wore masks to portray
different characters. Initially, their interaction was only
limited to the chorus that ranged 15 to 50 people. Acting
in the beginning was just about monologues with actors enacting
out the thoughts going on in the mind of the character. Aeschylus
introduced a new paradigm to acting introducing the second
actor, after which the performance started bearing a resemblance
to the acting that we see today. The performances underwent
a huge change. From simply stating the internal voice, thoughts
and motivations of a single actor, the oncoming of the second
actor brought in face-to-face conversations as well as dramatic
conflict. Later, Sophocles added the third actor and extras.
Gradually, more changes were added and acting evolved to
its present form. But certain basics of acting never change,
like what goes into making of a good actor. The aptitude of
the actor is chief determinant in the acting of the performers.
Acting is all about the ability to visualize feelings and
emoting them. You can draw on your own experiences also to
enact certain characters. Actors are born with an aptitude.
However, an acting school can be of
great help for honing your skills.
Many people falsely being that is just what they see on the
screens. That is only half the picture. Actors can be found
in theatres, television studios, circuses, or comedy clubs.
An important thing to keep in mind is that the going can be
tough. They should be prepared to take rejections in stride.
They may also have to put up with long periods of being unemployed.
Experience counts a lot in acting thus you might even have
to settle for lesser roles. Even the established actors during
their lean times accept smaller roles or commercials. Acting
might be a tough proposition for some, but the passionate
ones endure the rigors to get a chance to show their talents.
About the Author:
Eve Pynoei is the proprietor of AA
Acting which is a precious resource for up and coming
actors and actresses. For questions or comments go to: http://www.aaacting.com