So I wanted to go over some lines I did a long time ago, for the sake of seeing how I’ve improved since then.
- The higher-quality lines were done today (February 15th, 2015), and I was able to get the lines down in the first two takes for each.
- The lower-quality lines were done on January 20th-21st, 2013. I don’t know how long they took but I remember taking several takes.
This is essentially a demonstration of the fact that, like any other art form, acting is something you get better by doing!
It took two years of practicing, taking acting classes, going to workshops, going to contests, auditions, goofing around, and goofing around with friends (and better equipment) to get from those old, crappy takes to the level I am today.
If you ever feel discouraged about your acting skills, or if you’re starting out, know that pretty much every actor (even and especially professionals) has been in your shoes. Nearly every professional actor you hear has been a rookie actor at some point — including myself.
Don’t worry about being “bad” at acting, whether your voice doesn’t have as rich a texture as others! So long as you are doing something, you are not failing. That audition you submitted but didn’t get into? You still did something. That is practice! That’s one step you took on the way to getting even better at your craft!
Like any art form, every moment you spend acting is a part of your expression. It can be really rough when people tell you you’re bad at acting, or that you should drop it. I want to tell you that, if you honestly, truly want to make acting a career, start acting! Every moment you spend acting is another piece of success. You improve a little more every time you practice your craft, and I can guarantee you will discover great things about your voice along the way.
Of course, I’m not nearly finished improving myself as an actor — I still have a long way to go before I can even call myself a professional! I just want you to know that you can do it, and I believe in you!