Actors, rehearse the word “action.” This is important. You just booked apart. You’ve been practicing it all week. Now you arrive on set. You’re nervous. You’re excited. You don’t want to forget your lines. And now all the eyes are on you, the crew, the other actors, the cameras. And so you take a deep breath and you settle into your body. And now the director yells “action”, or maybe they just say it “action”, regardless of how they say the word, it’s going to be a jolt. It’s going to feel like the starter’s pistol to a race. Go, begin, do it now. That’s how it’s going to feel. And for a moment, it’s probably going to take you out of character. And now that the scene is progressing and you have to get back into character. So rather than letting that happen, you may want to consider rehearsing the word “action” at home so that when you hear the word action, it’s part of your process. It helps take you into your character as opposed to taking you out. So maybe you say it every time you’d be in the scene, or maybe you have a friend shout “action.” However you want to do it, it should be part of your process, so it’s natural, so it helps you, instead of hindering you. For more tips on how to become an actor or screenwriter, you can subscribe and follow me here @MichaelJaminwriter.
For the past 26 years, Michael Jamin has been a professional television writer/showrunner. His credits include King of the Hill, Beavis & Butthead, Wilfred, Maron, Just Shoot Me, Rules of Engagement, Brickleberry, Tacoma FD and many more.