Careers: Acting, Performing, Directing/Remembering Lines



How do actors remember lines from a script?  Do all actors have photographic memories that allows them to remember lines?  I have a really difficult time remembering lines.  I usually request small one or two line parts or request to be an extra in small independent student films. I do, however, like being an extra.

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There are several techniques which you might employ. Divide your lines into beats by emotions, topics, objectives. Taking each section, you can say a line, then write the line (not typing or computing-the act of writing helps connect the brain to the line.)
You can act out each word as you say the word. You can visualize an action for each word. Announce the word then act it out.
You can record your lines, leaving a pause for you to read any cue line, then you read the line until you know the line as a response to your cue line. You can then record the cue line and saying your line. Repeat this process for each line.
You can find a patient person who will your cue line and let you stumble through; correct you; you repeat the line.
You can make use of some of the new computer apps which help you work on your lines in Scene It.
You can record your lines, then listen to them as you lie in a relaxed state.
Some say one of the secrets to remembering lines is to forget everything else. Be in the moment. Think like the character.

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