GETTING THE ACT TOGETHER

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In my blog two weeks ago, how to get Nollywood to the Next Level was the subject of my discourse. This was discussed in general terms. Last week, we examined what I consider the first step in making a good movie – A good script. This week, let us look at what I consider the second step in the process – GETTING THE ACT TOGETHER. Once a great script is at hand, then those interpreting the roles must get their acts together. Actors must be able to interpret the script properly and deliver excellent performance. People love to be entertained. Movies, television shows, stage plays, anything that presents them with a reality a little different from their own. While a lot of people are involved in creating these fantasies from scriptwriters to caterers, it is the actors that people can identify with. The actors are the people who bring the stories to life. Actors present stories to us in a number of ways. The actors have the job of making a story believable. They are the characters and must be able to act out scenes convincingly while remembering their lines. To perform well actors have to attend rehearsals for the shows to prepare for the days of shooting. The actor might be taught certain skills that he or she needs for the part. Many actors learn sword fighting, how to hold and shoot guns, how to do stunts, sing and dance their way through stage musicals, and more. Actors spend much of their time reading scripts, and waiting around the set for the lighting, cameras, and extras to be in place before beginning a scene. They may be required to do the scene over and over again, until everything is just right. Most of the armature performances we see on our screens are a result of producers or executive producers giving acting roles to their friends and relations who have no acting experience whatsoever. They fail to take into account that actors may need to spend years preparing for their careers. Although there are no requirements for becoming a professional actor, people starting out need to have a lot of training. They should have experience of performing. They should also be able to sing, dance and move comfortably in front of others, so dance and singing lessons are beneficial. A good way to learn all about the world of theater, including how to move, how to present a resume, and how to prepare for an audition, is by completing a university degree or college diploma in theater. This also gives students an opportunity to be involved in productions. To become one of the leading actors you must have proper acting training, and while not all actors have official training, most have completed some kind of course in speech and drama, film and TV or night acting classes. There are also some private schools, which teach, acting in small groups, as well as one-on-one. Studying improvisation may come in handy as an actor may be constantly asked to improvise lines or actions and classes can really help give you a structure to do that. Working as an extra for film, television, and the theater is also a good way to learn about the industry The best (possibly only) way to get better and to hone your natural acting talent is to perform. Only focus on improving your acting and doing an amazing job. You have to focus not only on making the show you’re doing good but also improving yourself. Actors need to be extremely creative and imaginative, patient, committed and self-disciplined. They must be prepared to work long hours, as well as motivated and confident in order to pursue acting, especially during periods of no work and rejections. Actors must be able to handle criticism and learn from it. They must be able to adapt quickly to different situations, take directions well, and be able to work with others in a group. They must have a good memory, and be willing to work in film, television, commercials, and on stage. There is little job security in this field, and the work environment is tough, demanding, and also, very rewarding. Actors should be informed about all aspects of the business, including professional meetings, working with agents, directors, and producers. They should know as much as they can about the business. An actor may spend years struggling as an extra and bit part actor without ever making it big. Actors may have to sacrifice a lot, move to where the jobs are, and audition, again and again until the big break finally comes.