Saying Vs. Playing

There’s a big difference between saying the line and playing the line. 

Just saying the line gets you nothing. It’s useless to you and to your fellow actors. 

Know your character. Know what they want—their history, their future hopes and dreams—and play the line for this. 

It’s never the line itself that gets the audience response, but rather the intent behind it. 

This seems simple and obvious, I know. And maybe the idea is, but its execution is big and difficult, but so important and so helpful to you, your scene partners, and your audience. 


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