Your kid may have already started auditioning. Or maybe you are just beginning to apply to casting calls. Either way, you are faced with time spent waiting for callbacks. Waiting for an audition invitation requires some patience and can be discouraging, but it doesn’t have to be. Use this time productively, step by step bringing your kid closer to booking an audition. Here are 5 ways your kid can practice acting at home while waiting for their next gig to come!
1. At-home theater play
Encourage your kid to gather their friends and together prepare a little theater play. You could help them out taking up the director’s role or even more so – allow the children to explore this side of production themselves. You can invite family and neighbors to watch their performance making a day out of it. It’s also a great way to get more comfortable with acting in front of an audience.
2. Favorite scene reenactments
Does your kid have a TV show character they absolutely love? Or maybe a favorite show or a movie? Let them choose a character, write down some monologues from the show and together you can reenact the scenes, giving a new twist to them. You kid can then use these monologues later in an audition.
3. Develop a storyline
This is a great way for kids to learn to understand different characters and personalities. Building their own stories requires them to consider the character’s motives and emotions. Not only that, they get to think how the characters would fit together in a storyline and how their personalities would interact. This exercise will help them understanding different roles in the future.
4. Perform monologues in different styles
To practice understanding emotions, you could help your kid prepare the same monologue in different styles. For instance, they could read it as someone who is agitated, stressed or the opposite – very content and peaceful. It doesn’t have to necessarily make sense in relation to the story. But it will teach them to access that emotion in different circumstances. This is often required in auditions and doing it can help them understand the monologue from multiple angles.
5. Study other kid actor performances
Watch the performances of other child actors with your kid. Discuss the characters and how they think they have been portrayed. Ask them how else they think the character could be played. Which emotions does he character have? What are the characters motives? What in the actor’s performance shows this motive?
These simple acting exercises are great for kids who want to get into acting. With practice comes if not perfection then at least continuous development. Keep practicing and your kid will be ready to rock their next audition like a little pro.