Help Your Kid Learn Their Lines
Getting ready for your child’s audition and have several pages of lines to memorize? This can be a challenge, especially for young kids who don’t have the best attention span yet.
During auditions, your child will probably be told to perform their dialogue with a reader (usually someone on the casting directors team, or an already cast actor). For the casting director to take your child seriously, they have to have their lines memorized, not read from the script, making sure the connection is between the performer and the reader, and not the script in their hand. That way your child will show that they are serious about their acting career, and are ready to be a professional in a very competitive industry.
While it’s a not an easy task to have your little one memorize (often a significant amount) of text, don’t worry. We’ve prepared some tips to help you keep your sanity while helping your child memorize the lines.
Here are 7 tips to help you prepare:
1. Highlight their parts
This very simple tip is essential for a more productive memorizing session. Using a highlighter to indicate your child’s parts will help them locate the appropriate line when glancing down at the paper while concentrating on their material only.
2. Break the dialogue down
Break the dialogue in several smaller parts. Learning text little by little is much more effective than trying to memorize the whole text. Have your kid repeat each part until it’s memorized and then move on to the next chunk!
3. Ignore punctuation
A great pro tip is to tell your kid to ignore punctuation. Just because there’s a comma on the page doesn’t mean doesn’t mean your child needs to make a pause. Same goes for an exclamation and question marks.
4. Repetition is key
Have your child read the lines with you out loud over and over again. When it comes to learning the monologue, repetition is the most effective method.
5. Work before sleep
Studying before bed is proved to be an effective way of learning your lines. Studies have shown that recall is much better if the learning was done before going to sleep. Make sure your child reviews the lines again in the morning, though.
6. Don’t rush them
Learning lines is a lot of work, so don’t rush your child. It won’t do your child any good if they are pressured to learn quickly.
7. Last, but not least
In conclusion, that main advice that you should take is to make sure your child knows that reading the script is only one part of an audition and that messing up a line does not mean not getting the role. Acting is not about being perfect. It’s being able to connect with your scene partner, as well as with the character for which your child is auditioning for.