Benefits of Acting Exercises
Acting may seem an easy and rather simple thing to do on a viewer’s point of view. What the audience sees are the glamorous outfits and well-fixed hair and make-up. However, what they do not know is the amount of hardwork that an actor or actress goes through just to put up a decent and entertaining show for everybody. Acting itself is not an easy task. You have to be a different person every time, and you have to make sure that your body, voice and expression is attuned to what you are trying to say and who you are trying to be. Hence, being aspiring actors and actresses, it helps to practice your acting through acting exercises.
One common problem for performers is stage fright. For some, no matter how you put your heart into practices and rehearsals, everything just disappears when you get on the stage. Acting exercises address this problem as it helps you boost your self-confidence. By exercising and constantly doing what should be done on stage, you gradually get accustomed to the idea of performing in front of the crowd; thus lessening the chances of getting frightened. Further, practice makes perfect is how they say it. The more you practice your acting skills, the more you realize that you are doing better at it and eventually you prove to yourself that you are a good performer, and that you can do it.
Needless to say, it wouldn’t be a one-man show. In show business, a show or a theatrical play needs a lot of people behind in order to push through. Meaning, you will be working with a large number of people; some may seem pleasant to you while some will not be of your liking. Acting exercises also help in that sense because as you work in smaller groups for your activity, you are similarly interacting with different types of people. Your people skills will be tested, as well as how well you carry yourself and treat other people during stressful situations.
Acting exercises also help stir up creative juices. Acting demands a lot of emotions, and what better way to motivate such emotions but with the use of your personal experiences. Through activities such as exercises, an actor learns how to channel his or her emotions, for instance anger, fear or frustrations, into his or her acting; thus resulting to a more realistic and genuine delivery. Exercises may very well serve as practice for performers so eventually they would know which experience they should remember when a particular emotion is demanded from a scene.