Crying on cue is useful if you’re an actor. It can also be used to get yourself out of sticky situations. It can be tricky to learn, but it’s an indispensable skill to have. Here’s how to cry on cue:
- Dry out your eyes. This will cause your tear ducts to form tears as they attempt to re-moisturize your eyes. There are a few ways to accomplish this. Hold your eyelids open using your fingers so that you don’t blink; blinking moisturizes the eye. You can also try blowing out of the corners of your mouth up towards your eyes; the air will help to dry out your eyes.
- Use eye drops. If you can’t get the natural tears to flow, add some artificial ones by using eye drops just before you need to cry. This technique is often used when an actor needs to cry on camera, but it must be done right before you need to cry, not more than a minute beforehand.
- Think sad thoughts. This technique is often effective, but most actors avoid it because it is not fun. To cry on cue, think thoughts that will stimulate real tears because of the emotions. Thinking of awful events in your life, like death, sickness, or pain, can bring forth the emotions to cause tears. This method should be avoided if possible because it can be too emotional.
- Use an onion or pepper. In many old movies, an onion was used to make the actor cry. Eating a spicy pepper just before you need to cry is also effective. If you are an actor who needs to cry, try concealing a small pepper in your pocket or hand, and discreetly put it in your mouth about 20-30 seconds before you need to cry. Bury your face in your hands, and discreetly throw the pepper in, chewing it quickly. If you’re using this method, just make sure you have milk or water to drink afterwards.
- Use mentholated lip balm. Rubbing mentholated lip balm under your eyes can also help them tear up. It should take about 30 seconds a minute before your eyes will produce tears using this method. Do not get any lip balm directly in your eye, because this can be painful.
- Add realistic actions to your tears. Real crying is not just about tears. Even if you’re successful at getting tears to roll down your face, it will not be believable unless you add these other actions. When crying on cue, sob, let your lower lip quiver, and try to blink back the tears.
If you follow these steps, you’ll be able to cry on cue in no time. When learning to cry on cue, timing is everything. Crying on cue won’t work if you cry too soon or too late.