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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesTheater & Acting · 2 months ago

How do child actors who don't like reading memorize their lines?

3 Answers

  • 2 months ago
    Favorite Answer

    Depends on how young the child is.  The older the child is, the more that is expected of them.  

    And it depends if it’s an amateur or professional production.  Professional acting is a business and children who don’t read or can’t easily learn lines are unlikely to have agents and less likely to be hired.  But school plays or youth theater are designed to help kids find ways to read scripts and learn lines.

    Given that, there are several different ways to memorize lines.

    It’s much easier to learn lines if you understand the scene and the character - what’s happening and what is the motivation - things like that.  Then you’re not just memorizing random sentences.  So someone can explain things a young child, like what the scene is about so that the lines make more sense when they try to memorize them.

    And there are several techniques to memorizing lines that don’t involve reading things over and over:

    The lines can be recorded so the actor can listen to them over and over.  That helps with memorization.

    They can run lines with someone.  That’s when the actors in a scene together say their lines back and forth without movement or anything just it practice them.  Or a parent/friend can hold a script and says the lines for a child’s scene partner.

    There are even apps like linelearner or coldRead that are designed to help actors of any age learn lines.

    All these techniques work for adult and child actors.

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    If anyone wants to be an actor, there are a number of things they have to do - and if they don't enjoy doing those things, they're not going to enjoy being an actor!

    One is they have to read a lot of books, plays, novels, etc.  They also have to memorise loads of lines - their own and other characters' lines.  

    Having a really good memory and putting it to good use is necessary for all actors.

  • 2 months ago

    They have someone coach them through the lines.  As a child actor they have to have a parent or guardian on site to chaperone them.  They would run the lines with the person (or someone else they hire as a coach) to help them learn the lines.

    If they are performing on stage, they would need to know all their lines.  But if they are performing in front of a camera (TV or movie) they only need to know the lines they will be filming that day.  In a movie, that may be one to three pages.  If TV, it depends on whether they are doing a one camera show (where they shot the same scenes multiple times and only do a handful of pages a day) or three camera show (where they do the entire show as if it was a live performance.)

    Even adult actors often do not learn their lines by reading them over and over,  They learn them by running the lines with someone else.  It is always easier to learn lines when you do them in context and with the inflections and actions that go with the lines rather than just reading them over and over.

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