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Acting for the Newbie
 by: Eve Pynoei

Getting your act right!

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. Contest were held to determine who was the best actor. This person was called "Thespis" who was also one of the first actors. He played many roles to perfection which ranged from women to children. None of the writings of Thespis are known today. The term "thespian" is desrived from Thespis.

In those days, actors wore mask to portray different characters. The chorus usually ranged from 15 to 50 people. Acting in the beginning was just about monologues. Actors acted out the thoughts going on in the mind of the characters. Aeschylus introduced a new paradigm to acting by introducing a second actor. This closely resembles 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, acting evolved to its present day form. Certain basics of acting never change, like what goes into making of an actor. The aptitude of the actor is chief determinant in the acting of the performers. Acting is all about the ability to visualize feelings. You can draw on your own experiences also to enact certain characters. Actors are born with an aptitude but a good acting school can help to hone this skill.

A misconception that people generally harbor is that acting is what they get to see on the screens, but that is just half the picture as you can find actors in theatre, television studio, circus, or comedy club. One important thing that an actor nursing the dreams of making it on the big screen, needs to keep in mind is that the going can be tough initially. Thus, 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 histrionics.

About The Author

Eve Pynoei is the proprietor of AA Acting which is a valuable resource for up and coming actors and actresses. For more information go to:

This article was posted on November 28, 2005


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