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Good Warm Ups Before Acting On Stage
Scared you aren't prepped for an upcoming performance? Need to one-up your articulation and/or voice projection so you're heard and understood? Use these skills to help you prep for any type of show!
1) Diaphragm slams. Not only does this help your voice projection, but it gives both your diaphragm and your abs a nice workout. Go down the list of vowels (a, e, i, o, u), putting an 'h' at the beginning of each. When letting out your 'h' sound, be sure you're being as loud as possible and that your tummy is pushing out at every h. Don't open and close your mouth, just keep the vowel shape on your mouth. Do each vowel 18 times. You should feel a bit sore for a couple moments afterwards in your diaphragm, but the pain will go away. It helps a lot.
2) This is what my Drama Major teacher calls the Monkey. It warms up and loosens your lips to help your pronunciation. What you want to do is stretch out your lips as far as you can (like a monkey) and make an "oo" sound. After, bring them as far as you can back, showing off your teeth, and make an "ee" sound. Keep doing this for about 10 seconds, getting faster and faster. After doing that, lean forward and buzz your lips like a whinnying horse to loosen and relax your lips up from the exercise.
3) Take a break and massage your mandibles for about 10 seconds. It'll take out any tension in your jaw.
4) Go over tongue twisters. Tongue twisters help your articulation so your audience can understand you better. Some that my class does are things like "Betty bit a bit of butter but it was a bitter bite", "A wicked cricket critic", "a ship saileth south soon", and "a school coal scuttle, a scuttle of school coal". You want to say each tongue twister of your choice five times over correctly to build up your articulation.
5) Stretch out your vowels. Vowels carry the emotion, whether you're singing, acting, or simply holding a conversation. Vowels are crucial, so warming them up is what you need to do. What my class does is use the sentence, "who would know all of pa must learn and take his e's". Makes no sense, but it covers all the English vowel sounds. Stretch out the vowels and hold them for a ridiculously long amount of time. It helps with pronunciation.
I hope these tips help you out with your acting skills. I always feel ready to go up and preform when I do these. Please like, save, and follow if you enjoyed!