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ACTING FOR SOAP OPERAS
What is it?
A soap opera, like Days Of Our Lives or The Young and the Restless, are ongoing pieces of fiction presented in serial format and shown on TV or radio. The defining feature of a soap opera that sets it apart from other shows on television is the open-ended nature of the stories that are told within each season. Story lines often depend on plot points or relationships that were developed in previous episodes or seasons and will run simultaneously and into other storylines happening as a part of the show’s dramatic fiction.
This way storylines can be constructed so that they all head towards cliffhangers at different points of the season to keep the audience hooked and to keep the desire to see ‘what is going to happen next’ alive. Studying with a teacher who will specifically address the techniques that you need to master to effectively act in a soap opera will help you get a grasp on your responsibilities as an actor to this form of television.
For whom is it for and what are the benefits?
If you want to get into acting for soap operas, you will want to consider taking acting classes so that you have a familiarity with the style of writing that you will be performing and the scenarios that you will have to convincingly live through. This familiarity and confidence will then increase your chances of booking a role. Soap opera actors are called upon to perform quite a difficult task. The storylines are convoluted and stretch back with vast histories that span seasons that actors must know inside and out, they are given life’s most highly dramatic scenarios to play out (kidnapping, love affairs, mistaken identity, plane crashes, losing the family fortune etc) and have to do all this on very strict filming schedules. Actors who wish to be a part of day-time soaps work long hours every day for most of the year to churn out the high number of episodes required for each season (the filming schedule for actors who would rather be a part of evening soaps is usually a little less intense due to the fact that these shows are not shown for the full calendar year). It is a tough job and certainly not as glamorous as it looks but the actors who play character’s on these shows usually have reasonably long careers and have the opportunity to play some really fun scenes that a more contemporary piece of theatre or film would not provide for them. Actors who are considering getting into this line of work should consider auditioning for an under-5 role for starters. This way you will have the experience of working on the set and with the other actors and will get a taste of what it would be like to be a regular, acting for soap operas.
And if you want to choose an acting class, make sure you know what you want.
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