Updated: Dec 12, 2020
We're talking about memorization tips I love & hate!
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Memorization is the #1 skill an actor needs to concur and quickly. Now everyone learns differently so some of these will engage your senses, body & vision to cover all bases.
Memorization is a muscle. You need to practice memorizing even when you have nothing you need to memorize so that you can keep strengthening that muscle. I can tell you since I switched from doing Theater to Film & TV, my muscle has definitely weakened. It also has to do with confidence, the more you do it the better you will feel about it!
Know the story.
Before you start memorizing you really need to understand the story, or you'll just make it harder for yourself.
Understanding the arc of the piece where is the character at the beginning, middle and end. This means knowing the Objective & Obstacle and really being clear on what's happening.
This is my absolute favorite, all of my students know that I swear by this! Take your script and write down each letter of each word in the line to form an acronym. You'll end up with a full page of acronyms that you will use as your script. Read through the script a few times only use the acronyms. The final step is to try to recite the script on your own.