Theatre: How to Project

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Projecting is one of those things that takes time to get the hang of it. When you first start acting, you aren’t used to using your voice in a way in which everyone can hear. Some people have an even harder time than others because they are shy or speak very quietly.

Here are some quick tips on how to project:

Step 1: Don’t be afraid to use your voice. In theatre, your voice is your tool. You use it to express emotions and to tell a story. Use your voice and great results will come out of it.

Step 2: Don’t scream. Projection is not a scream. It comes from your lungs and very deep in your throat. When you speak your chest is contributing to a big portion of your projection. Then think about speaking loudly, in a very clear voice.

Step 3: Practice in front of a mirror. See yourself physically speaking loudly. Also speak in front of other people and get tips for them. Most of the time you can’t hear yourself so try to have other people hear it for you.

Step 4: Hear your voice bounce back while you are performing. Most stages (that are indoor) have a concave looking circle at the back of the theatre. This was purposefully made so the actors could hear their voice bounce back. This sounds sort of like an echo. So, if you can hear your voice bounce back then you are speaking loud enough for everyone to hear. If not, try to speak a little louder.