I was posed a question by Ella on Twitter (@janellemousseau) on how to memorize quickly. In the world of film and television (and auditioning, in general), we are sometimes asked to commit a lot of text to memory in a very short amount of time. Below are a few of the things I do to speed up the learning process (aside from the obvious – say the words out loud, over and over again):
- Recording my text and listening to it over and over again.
- Recording my text (quietly) and the other speaker’s lines, and listening to it over and over again.
- Using the Rehearsal 2 app.
- Using the “and then what”? method (thank you Laurence Ballard): Let’s say you are memorizing “To Be or Not To Be.” Here is how you work the method. Say the first word of the speech aloud, “To,” then ask yourself aloud, “To what?” Then answer with, ” To Be.” And move on to, “To be WHAT?” Followed by, “To be or…” Etc. Get it?