VOICE 2010 is definitely proving its worth as a career investment. The instructors a dynamic, informative and generous with their time and advice. If you aren’t here this year, start saving for the next one. But if you did miss it, I have what I feel is game-changing advice. It comes, again, from Marc Cashman. I hope he doesn’t mind me sharing.
Marc reminds us that the reason film actors are so good in a role that they ‘become the character’ is memorization. Relying on the printed page is a crutch. Does that mean you need to start memorizing your scripts? No. You can use a technique called ‘lifting the copy.’ That is, read the line to yourself, then look away from the script and speak the line without reading. The difference this made with one of the volunteers was amazing! A real transformation!
One side-effect: lifting copy makes for a lot of breaks in your read. But you can edit, can’t you? If not, you should learn. But that’s a topic for another time. For now just give this a try and hear the difference!