How To Learn Acting Skills At Home Partial Video Transcription: How to start learning acting skills from home for beginners & up. 0:00:07.070,0:00:14.414 One of the questions I get asked the most often… what’s the best way to learn acting? 0:00:14.759,0:00:19.477 Or to even learn new skills to become an actor? 0:00:19.477,0:00:27.755 And what I like to answer that with is, I think it’s important to understand what acting actually is 0:00:27.755,0:00:32.311 before we can then learn how to be an actor and develop new skills for that. 0:00:32.311,0:00:38.006 And what i find is that most people are… 0:00:38.480,0:00:43.834 they have a misconception over what it takes really to be an actor. 0:00:44.623,0:00:51.257 And so, as we learn how to act, we have to understand that acting is really about being in the present moment. 0:00:51.257,0:00:55.552 It’s about being in the here and now, and that’s really what it what it’s all about. Get Started – Learn How To Act For Beginners 0:00:56.000,0:01:01.680 But there’s a misconception that acting is really about pretending to be a character, 0:01:02.800,0:01:09.280 where in reality acting is not pretending to be a character but it actually is about being as 0:01:09.280,0:01:16.691 truthful as you possibly can in a moment and in fact acting demands a greater truth than in real life. 0:01:17.360,0:01:22.404 Now of course how can acting demand a greater truth? How can anything be more true than real life? 0:01:25.040,0:01:32.400 In our actual life, we spend a lot of time avoiding certain feelings – we spend a lot of time How To Learn To Be An Actor For Beginners & Up 0:01:33.440,0:01:38.000 avoiding emotion or pulling back from conflict – we don’t like to lean into the drama. 0:01:38.640,0:01:43.360 And so we spend a lot of time hiding – hiding from who we are and how we actually feel. 0:01:44.400,0:01:54.014 But in our acting, we have to lean into it. We have to lean into the drama. We have to lean into the conflict. 0:01:54.014,0:02:00.960 We have to lean into the emotions and the vulnerability that we so often hide in our 0:02:00.960,0:02:08.808 actual lives. So when we learn how to act, as beginners, part of what we must learn is the skill to 0:02:09.360,0:02:16.684 be completely openly vulnerable in front of others. We have to learn how to 0:02:18.400,0:02:25.200 shed down this, what we call… it’s the shield of vulnerability or self-consciousness. 0:02:25.200,0:02:28.400 It’s almost like we wear these social masks in life and 0:02:28.400,0:02:33.280 we use them to protect ourselves, you know, day to day. If we go to the store, we have a 0:02:33.280,0:02:40.240 mask on. If we go to work, we have a mask on, and it’s our masks – our social masks – that allow us 0:02:40.880,0:02:48.080 to hide from the outside world our true selves. Well, now when we learn how to act, Learn How To Act At Home For Beginners & Up 0:02:48.720,0:02:55.520 we have to really learn how to take off these masks – to get down into a deeper vulnerability 0:02:55.520,0:03:03.120 to what we call our core of the human being. Because it’s from our core self that we can really 0:03:03.120,0:03:11.481 then bring out this thing, essence, called character. Character is is really something that… 0:03:13.440,0:03:18.640 It’s a point of view. You know, when we step into a character, it’s not that we 0:03:18.640,0:03:24.880 pretend to be a character. There’s a lot of imagination involved in acting, of course, but 0:03:24.880,0:03:30.640 we’re not just simply pretending to be a character like we would play when we were kids. We have to 0:03:30.640,0:03:37.920 really authentically step into their lives. We have to understand at a deep level who these 0:03:37.920,0:03:44.240 people are and then we have to fight for their point of view. So to do that, we have to understand 0:03:44.960,0:03:52.240 their point of view. So character is really just a different point of view – different from who we 0:03:52.880,0:03:57.200 authentically are. So we have to understand that, have the ability to step into it, 0:03:58.000,0:04:04.560 and then fight for that point of view as hard as we can. So one that’s one of the first things Learn To Act At Home For Beginners & Up 0:04:04.560,0:04:10.560 we have to learn when we learn acting is to learn that it’s not pretending to be a character 0:04:10.560,0:04:15.760 but it’s actually authentically operating from our deepest parts of ourselves. 0:04:18.800,0:04:27.840 Another misconception when we learn how to be an actor is that acting is something that we are 0:04:28.480,0:04:34.000 inherently born with. A lot of people believe that – that, oh look at these great actors, 0:04:34.000,0:04:38.960 they’re doing what they can do, whether on film or on stage, or they’re doing these things because 0:04:38.960,0:04:46.000 they just have this innate talent that they were born with. To me, acting is not something you’re 0:04:46.000,0:04:53.120 born with, acting is something that is a skill – it’s learnable. Learn about acting from the comfort of your home from anywhere in the world with Truthful Acting’s free online acting lessons. Many aspiring actors want to know how to start learning acting. Understanding and practicing the fundamentals of acting is the key to learn to be an actor. Also check out our page on how to become an actor or actress professionally. Learn about the master character actor Michael Chekhov.