Memorize Lines Fast

Tips to Memorize Lines Fast

It’s a moment that every actor has faced at some point in their careers. They earn a role they fought for after pouring every ounce of their talent and ability into their audition. They eagerly begin thinking about how they will authentically portray their character in an impactful and memorable way. But sometimes, this excitement and anticipation can be met with anxiety and tension, especially at the moment when the script is received.

Being overwhelmed when reviewing the script for a play, television show, commercial, or film is perfectly natural. Reviewing the pages and memorizing not only your great amount of dialogue but getting the sense of how you will move onstage or how the camera will move around you, can be a challenge for actors of all experience levels. Luckily, there are a few tricks that will make the memorization process go much faster, allowing you to bask in the excitement of a role well-earned.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to memorize lines fast.

Write Them Down

This method of memorizing lines quickly may surprise many, but believe it or not, writing down your lines in each of your scenes is a guaranteed way to remember each of you lines word for word.  Many actors swear by this method, as it is an effective way to connect your mind to the action of writing the lines and seeing the lines simultaneously.

Practice with an Actor

Running your lines with a fellow actor is a great way to memorize your lines in a rush. When reading, focus on pausing between each line, paying special attention to what is being said. If you understand what is going on with the scene and where the dialogue will naturally go, it will make the process go smoothly.

Invest in an App

The Rehearsal 2 App is a wonderful way for actors to learn lines. It’s the scene partner that never gets tired of running lines with you. This secret weapon allows you to highlight the lines, record the other character’s lines, and use it as a teleprompter, which will scroll through the script as you are reading it.

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What you’re doing in giving back in this way

EthanI just really hope you know that what you’re doing in giving back in this way, helping so many actors, is nothing less than amazing. The time and knowledge that you give, along the other celebrities that come participate in the program as well, is just a blessing for so many!

I just wanted to take a few minutes to let you both know how absolutely grateful I am for what you and The Celebrity Experience program has done for Ethan in helping launch into this world and career.

The interest in him at the showcase was overwhelming. He signed with a manager before we even left LA which was amazing, and the momentum has not slowed. Shortly after the showcase he also signed with an agency. He has self-taped and been on countless auditions. He has done a more than a handful of background work (which I know to most isn’t anything spectacular, but he loves just being on set and the chance to be seen). He was recently in the Marshmello/Bastille video (second birthday party). He has done two short films. He’s schedule to film his third in a few weeks. He has been put on hold for several major companies for commercials. He has not yet had the chance to film one, but it’s coming, very soon.

Ethan may not currently be, and may never be, the overnight success story. But he is determined to be a success nonetheless. He understands that it takes time, lots of work, and that nothing is personal. This year has been a whirl-wind of learning and new experiences. All thanks to you (and Matt Timmons who auditioned him initially) and the knowledge we gained when attending the showcase! The best part, is hearing the AD tell you that the minute the saw Ethan slate they knew he was the one for the role, or how Ethan personable he is when he auditions and that they just love his professionalism. These are the tips and tricks that we were able to take away from your program(s). It truly does make a difference from the minute you walk into a room.

So thank you again so much! Looking forward to what the future holds for him. And hoping our paths cross again, on and off camera. :O)

Thank you, To-Hona Childress