When acting or performing on any level realize it is an art. You have to continue to practice your art consistently to stay on top your game. There are a few different ways to help you perfect your skills. There are: acting classes, books, video, online searches etc.
I am going to focus on two of what I feel are main ways to perfect your skills. First, you have to watch yourself. Many say to watch yourself in a mirror. This is good but you can not totally focus on what you are doing and saying if you are performing your monologue or script etc. Your mind will be going in a lot of different directions. I would recommend video taping yourself perform. This is just to help you; there is no need to go buy an expensive video camera. The one you may have will work fine whether new or old. Also, some digital camera’s come with a video mode that will work well. This way after you perform your piece, you can sit back, focus and view every detail of what you are doing over and over. This will make it easier to catch facial gestures or the way you pronounce certain words that you may want to change.
Second, I would suggest watching a lot of other great performers do what they do best, perform! If there is an actor, comedian, singer, dancer etc. that you enjoy watching perform. Whenever they perform, you just think they are great at what they do, watch them often. With You Tube and all these other video sharing sites you can watch all types of people who are good at what they do at no cost. This will help you perfect some things you do when you are performing. For example say you perform a piece and video tape it. You look at it when you’re done and you don’t like your facial expression on a certain part. Find a piece by your favorite performer doing a similar piece and find what you like and work it into your performance. Then video tape it again. You have to be confident in what you are doing to better connect with the audience and I feel these two strategies will help tremendously.
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I hope this helps!
Steven J Wilson