Care and Feeding of Actors

Acting for Radio

Acting is a complex and multifaceted skill and once up on a time high schools and colleges included radio acting in their cirricula, and had their own radio stations to broadcast their work. Professional schools in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia and other cities offered courses in the many aspects of the craft of Radio action.

But you would be lucky find a book on radio acting now, much less an experienced teacher. But this has not stopped the production groups we mentioned earlier.

The only restrictions for a radio actor is what their voice can, or cannot, do. Gender, ethnicity, or appearance mean nothing. For any actor it is a great opportunity to act as a character for which you would never be considered on stage or on film.

But the voice skills necessary are still taught.

Accents - Do not just try copy stereotypical accents as you saw or heard them in old shows or movies. Take the time to learn how an accent actually works.

Characterization - Lean how to use phrasing, breath, emphasis, and idiocycracies to create a character that can be identified as an individual in a cost of many other characters appearing in the same scene.

Rhythm - the speed at which your character speaks is not only part of the characterization but also the level of tension in the scene. Within your characterization, play with your tempo and the rhythms within the speeches to emphasize your characters individuality.

Breath Control - Stand when you perform. Get the benefit of your full instrument - lungs, diaphram, lips, tongue. If there is a long gap between the pages on which you appear you may be able to sit, but plan on standing.

Use the full set of skills you must learn to be a good actor, and try to find how they may deserve recognition.

More Tips for Acting on Radio

MWRT Workshop - Acting for Radio

MRTW Workshop - Voice, Accent, and Character

 

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