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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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