On Camera Tips Your Child Actors May Find Useful

Does your child talk to you about being in a TV show or movie? It looks easy and fun, plus they have visions of fame and fortune. But dear parents, to be successful in the industry takes hard work but unfortunately with no guarantees.

Don’t let this discourage your child from pursuing his or her dream. Passion is where it all begins.

 

We would like the share a few steps you can take to put your child on the right path in pursuing his or her dream.

 

  1. Rehearse and record on camera.
    Training for on-camera acting needs to be done in front of a camera and then reviewed. Most will cringe upon watching a playback of themselves rehearsing but good thing is, it provides essential information on how they appear to audiences and shows them what to improve on.
    By doing this, you can discover unconscious habits your child might have – you know things like blinking, licking their lips, playing with their hair, etc. Most young actors who have only worked onstage need to learn how to tone down their facial expressions, body movements and voice.
    The only way they can learn how to do these is by practicing in front of the camera.
  1. Memorize your lines.
    Mastering audition technique is the key to getting the role. And that, starts with memorization. If an actor looks down at his/her note, her face disappears from the camera. And all we can see is the top of their head. Adult actors may be more adept at working with the script in hand but children get easily distracted and not able to remain present/listen.
    Since auditions are usually filmed from the shoulder’s up, an actor’s emotional life exists in his or her eyes. It is very important to know the dialogue by heart so you can stay present in the scene.
  1. Build improvisational skills.
    Improv trains actors on how to listen and respond honestly. Remember, this is very important when acting for TV commercials – which are often improvisational. There may not be any lines required.
    Your child may be asked to improvise a scene with nothing more than just “Be an angry looking teen in the back seat of the car who is annoyed by her brother” direction. If you have mastered the ability to improvise means better acting and better result.
  1. Seek professional training.
    I know you mean well. But if you’re not a trained actor or an acting teacher, please do not offer your kids acting advice. Giving your child a line reading or choreographing his/her scene can be disastrous. All your kids need is a proper training from a reputable acting coach; providing one is a much better way for parents to support their kids than by doing so themselves.
    Ask friends (who are in the industry) for recommendations. Kids need one who is both encouraging and challenging at the same time. Parents can run lines with the children, but other than that, leave it to the professional.

 

Every one of these performing arts has its singular aspects. These tips may help your child in having a smooth transition to TV or film acting. The most important thing you need to remember – acting for the camera requires being natural and authentic.

By guiding your kids to observe these strategies, you will be providing them with the loving support and guidance they need in order to successfully pursue their dreams.

 

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