Acting is a group activity. We train with other people; we audition with others and we spend most of our working lives with others.
And then lockdown changed all that. For most people, anyway. Iâ€™ve been working on training myself for a while now, and thatâ€™s been predominantly alone, but for the majority of actors this is a brand new experience.
People have been coming up with creative solutions to hone their craft, keep their instrument in tune and create connection even while apart. And Iâ€™m here for it.
If youâ€™ve not heard of the platform itâ€™s a short form video social media site, thatâ€™s garnered a lot of exposure in recent week as president Trump has threatened to ban it in America. Iâ€™m still not quite sure why but presumably itâ€™s due to the activism and information spread by a number of TikToks users.
TikTok offers a lot of fun features, including the option to â€˜duetâ€™ with a video on the site.
Anyway, if youâ€™re not on the site, I think youâ€™re missing out because the levels of creativity are truly wonderful.
Take @ElianaGhen for instance.
Sheâ€™s an American actress whoâ€™s created a TikTok series of acting challenges.
The Blue Line
She performs one side of a small scene or sketch and writes the other side in a blue line on screen for you to perform with her.
She covers drama and comedy and all of the exercises are less than one minute.
Some of them Iâ€™ve found really challenging; all of them Iâ€™ve enjoyed.
So, will you be the blue line?
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