Ah, the joy of memorization… I honestly don’t know any actor who truly, really enjoys memorizing their lines. It’s something that simply HAS to be done. There is no way around it. No cheating! Sometimes we have to memorize just a few words or short sentences. No biggie. Sometimes it’s pages and pages of dialogue and/or a long monologue as a cherry on top. So, how is it done?
I’m sure every actor has his or her own technique (or secret) and some are better and faster at it than others. Since I don’t have a photographic memory, I have to just get down and do the dirty work: repetition, repetition and more repetition! I have to go over my lines until I’m sick of them. The only way I know I have my lines ‘down’ is when I can rattle them off in a monotone voice at a breathless and unnatural speed, automatically, when I’m doing something else, like folding my laundry or doing the dishes. Getting there can be a challenge sometimes, because there always seems to be that ONE word or sentence that trips you up. Every time! Arghhhh! It can be maddening!
It IS a pretty neat feeling once you’ve conquered that pesky hangup and it’s all smooth sailing from there on. Another consolation is the fact that memorization is good for the brain and helps keep it in shape. As a matter of fact, I now try to memorize something every day if possible – a phone number, a phrase or lyric of a song. I really need to apply this logic to learning another language…
Anyway, what is YOUR technique for memorization? Do you have any tips or tricks? DO tell! :)