things he has learned and creates his own unique way of playing and interpreting a role.
Using the things he has learned, he can find his own weaknesses and strong points and
therefore creating this method that belongs to him only. But before the actor can learn his
own method, he must study many other methods to the approach of acting. There are
many different methods of acting.
One of the many methods is called presentational acting. When using this
approach, an actor will study his character and 'present' the character by mimicking the
actions this character would make, along with the character's speech, tones, gestures, and
mannerisms. Sometimes an actor using this method will actually 'feel' the character's
emotions. An actor must develop this character during the rehearsal's so that he can
reproduce the same effects for the performance and know how to stay focused and remain
in control of the characters actions and knowing what to expect. This method requires
much attention to voice and movement, the major tools used in this method.
Another method is called representational acting. In this method, the actor
actually tries to put himself in the character's place, feeling what the character would feel,
and experiencing his thoughts and emotions. Even though movement is important in this
method, more emphasis is put on the actual feelings and emotions, as though you really
were in this character's place. Internal portrayal is very important while portraying a
character using this method.
In contrasting the two methods, it comes down to the fact that when using
representational acting, an actor uses the psychological feelings and emotions of the
character; in presentational acting, an actor uses the gestures, words, and mannerisms,
portraying the external characteristics of a role. Both methods present the truth in each
character, both observations of nature, and both breathe life into a character on stage.
The goals are the same for both methods, that is to make the character become alive on
the stage, to let the audience experience the features of the character and really know who
the character is. These methods differ only in the way that they make it happen.
Presentational acting mimics what it sees in nature, while representational tries to recreate
what has happened.
While each approach to acting is just as good as the other, many people argue
about which is superior. Some people say that a person who acts using the presentational
method would be suited better in portraying a period play, while an representational actor
would be better off in a modern play. Then you find an presentational actor saying that he
can portray a modern character, just as a representational actor says that he can do period
plays. It seems that there are many opinions surrounding the abilities of the actors of each
An actor will take things that he likes from different methods and discard what he
doesn't like until he can come up with his own system of acting. While it helps to know
different kinds of techniques, an actor must take much time to study each, for an actor will
become confused by throwing different methods together at once. An analogy of this
would be it you had a beginning painter and you taught him how to apply paint several
different ways all at one time, there would be an odd mixture of strokes, taking away from
the true idea of the painting. One must take there time in order to create the perfect
method for themselves.
While the aim of all actors is the same, the approach is different for each actor.
There goal is to put on a performance where the audience will believe the story and
become involved. This does put on a problem though, unlike other types of artists, actors
cannot just do what they...