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In the history of acting, the first known actor is the Greek Thespis, who performed at the Theatre of Dionysus in Athens in the year 534 BC. From its inception, acting has been used to embody and characterize characters, with selection based on a casting process to see how actors perform a certain role. Much of the outcome of the final product depends on the acting. Therefore, it is very important to avoid what is known as casting errors, meaning that selected actors are mismatched with the roles they play, although sometimes this occurs consciously by the production company who imposes certain actors. Additionally, when acting, one must consider the interpretive differences across different mediums. For example, in theater, everything is seen from the front, so the voice must be modulated and gestures exaggerated, whereas in a film shoot, this would be avoided.

What should be taken into account when acting?

Key considerations in acting include:

  • Suitability of appearance for the role
  • All actions (proxemics, kinesics, movements on set, etc.)
  • Facial expressions
  • Interaction with other actors and/or objects
  • Credibility of the performance
  • Preparatory work (knowledge of the script)
  • Tone of voice
  • Impression on the audience or viewer

Acting, therefore, should be based on:

  • The versatility of the actors
  • Conveying emotions
  • Expressiveness
  • The use of facial expressions

Another noteworthy element in acting is photogenicity, which is defined as the ability to know how to position oneself in front of the cameras. Lastly, a good actor should have a good relationship with the entire team, as well as maintaining a dialogue with the director and camera crew to agree on floor marks. If you want to learn much more about acting, don’t hesitate to take a look at our course!