The decision to enroll for drama classes takes a mature attitude ready to apply discipline and creativity to the art. Acting may look easy, but it's a carefully crafted vehicle to take scripted material and make it appear as contemporaneous speech. In addition, you must maintain your character's attributes to keep the acting scene real.
Far beyond reading lines off paper, the art of acting is the use of subtle nuances, facial expressions and gestures to convey the meaning of the script. In order to successfully complete this task, the finished product must be free and clear of "acting." An overdone performance is artificial and insincere, so you want to work on your technique to bring credibility and realness to your lines. Try to avoid contrived choreographed movement to accompany the dialog. What is appropriate is doing what comes natural if that had been a real and genuine event.
If you can't cry on demand, then learn to evoke that emotion from your acting coach. There's nothing more phoney and laughable than an actor crying crocodile tears. The vehicle to arouse a sobbing emotion may mean digging into your past to relive a painful event such as the death of a pet or loved one. It may be uncomfortable to do that, but this is part of what you're paid for as an actor, and you have to get the job done.
Although outstanding actors come in all shapes and sizes, you may wish to begin your classes with a body you are comfortable with on camera. Any underlying self doubt will show in your performance, and body sculpting is one area that is easy to fix. To boost your confidence and be free from inhibitions, lose that last bit of weight or overhaul your entire look. Your face is your fortune in some cases, so why not get to work early and be the best you can be.
The professional actor is always on top of his lines, and this practice should start early in one's career. Simply remembering the script is not the same as really knowing it, where you may experiment with voice inflection and a variety of ways to play it. In addition, the actor is responsible for his or her own blocking, which means preparing the space you will use before the camera. You have to know when to sit or stand, move to the window or remain still. This secondary skill level to interpret the script is vital to a polished performance and must be rehearsed thoroughly to make it seem natural.