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Acting Exercises and Workshops: A Personal Development Training Ground

Updated on January 23, 2012

Acting Workshops are actually a good personal development training ground for anyone desiring to add value to their being. Personal Development Training Courses are concerned about improving self awareness, building or renewing self identity, discovering or uncovering talents, identifying and developing potentials, enhancing personality, and even realizing lifelong dreams. Acting Workshops provide the very same opportunities of personal growth. I have been fortunate enough to have a first hand experience and have witnessed how others were empowered after taking acting workshops.

Acting Workshops focus on developing the actor’s instrument, his being. As William Shakespeare has said “All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players.” We all have roles to play in this stage called life doing as many as 10 roles and beyond e.g. a mother, a daughter, a wife, an aunt, an in-law, a best friend, a career woman, a counselor, a customer, an advocate etc. If we want to be effective in any of these roles then we will need as much training as we can get.

The actor’s instrument is composed of the following:

  1. The Voice
  2. The Body
  3. The Emotions
  4. The Intellect
  5. The Power to Believe


The Voice: A Sound Investment

Your ability to speak clearly in front of a crowd and deliver a valuable message is a communication skill that will help you play your respective roles better. Acting workshops develop your voice quality, voice projection, vocal expression, and more importantly, teach you techniques to conquer the fear of facing a crowd.

It is normal for any human being to get jitters before doing anything in front of crowd. I still get butterflies in the stomach before a talk or performance. With the training you get from acting workshops however, it is easier to let go of these uncomfortable feelings the moment you go onstage and say those first lines.

You will definitely feel a different kind of confidence the next time you do a sales pitch, give a concept presentation, read a report to your community or deliver short speeches during special occasions

The Body: A Wealth of Expression

Your body is able to communicate ideas and feelings that words could not fully describe. Unfortunately, we have limited our ways of using our bodies to articulate feelings. Acting workshops allow you to explore the full potential of your body -- its flexibility, its versatility, its strength, its uniqueness, and its beauty.

Body movement exercises in Acting Workshops make you more aware of space, lines, levels, symmetry, coordination, rhythm and how to use every part of your body in various interesting ways. The experience makes you trust your body and appreciate its value in your life. Improving your body expression enhances your public speaking skills, gives you the courage to volunteer your newfound dancing potentials in office programs or family gatherings, and give you the drive to keep your body fit and healthy.

The Emotions: A Wellspring of Truth

Our emotions reveal our personal truths. In everyday life however, expressing emotions are often suppressed to give way to social norms. Many of us may even prefer to numb ourselves in order to avoid pain not knowing that in doing so, this very truth we try to avoid could cause us to explode at the wrong moment and at the wrong person. Acting workshops provide a venue to express these emotions in a creative manner. Conflict exercises and scene building exercises are perfect to serve this need. They allow you to play roles that give way for you to express fully and totally the feelings you could not display in real life.

The process becomes a therapeutic experience. It aids you in releasing negative energy in your system which contributes to better health. Hence, you not only are able to put truth in acting but you also are relieved of some amount of stress in your life. Personal development training through acting workshops improves your ability to face your feelings no matter the pain and then equip you with tools to move beyond the emotions.

The Intellect: A Storehouse of Information

In acting workshops many group exercises help develop your ability to analyze things, respond quickly, take initiative, and uncover ways of approaching a situation. It uses your power to create things with what is available and from there discover new paths to solve a problem. Most often than not the exercises allot very little time to fulfill a task leaving little time to plan and prepare. In some cases, you are just thrown into a scene spontaneously and will have to rely on your listening skills, observation skills, quick thinking and creativity to help you respond in the scene. This encourages you to be proactive, responsible, supportive and disciplined.

There are many things that occur in life that we cannot predict and having been trained in acting workshops could put you at an advantage because you have explored countless possibilities on how to deal with things as they come. The attitude of openness, acceptance, initiating action and responding to action allows you to easily move from one condition to another and use this power to create a better situation for all.

The Power To Believe: The Wings Of Personal Growth

The ability to believe a situation, a role, a line in a script is essential in acting. You have to believe it all to be true in order to effectively carry out a scene. Believability however goes beyond being a good actor. It crosses over to real life and help you become a better person. When you are able to believe in your true worth as a person, as an individual in society capable of contributing much to the world, as a being with valuable talents and skills, or as a beautiful creation and reflection of God Himself then you can accomplish much in this lifetime.

Acting workshops are filled with exercises that can equip you with tools to increase your believability level. Eric Morris, a New York acting coach, has developed several exercises that make use of your personal truth to heighten believability in scenes and in real life. I know the effectiveness of such exercises and have benefited from them tremendously.

A Total Quality Management guru once said, “To be persuasive one must be believable, to be believable one must be credible, to be credible one must be truthful.” This statement sums up the power of believability transcending the stage realm and positively affect the realm of reality.

Now, if you do intend to increase your value or your “market value” for that matter, then it may be worthy to consider joining an acting workshop for a change.

Act now and see the difference in your life.

Daisy Ba-ad

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      dayzeebee 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Louis, re your question - as often as you want:) Blessings:)

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      Louis 7 years ago

      I know it's a bit off-topic, but how often would you say someone should submit to talent agents?

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      dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Ornov, thank you for appreciating this hub and sharing a link. Blessings:)

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      Kenneth Wayne 7 years ago from Alabama

      Interesting hub! Thanks!

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      dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello Imageflair, self image begins with being comfortable about one's self and any class that can tackle that will be a great start. Thanks for the visit. Blessings:)

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      Imageflair 8 years ago from Singapore

      When participating in acting workshops you must also take classes in self image and etiquette because you never get a second chance to make a first impression and we are all about helping you to be a success throughout life.

      http://hubpages.com/t/fa3df

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      dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Duchess, wow it's great to know you have a sister who is into acting as well. Thank you for your comments. I'm happy to know this hub gave you a better understanding of what acting workshops can do. Blessings:)

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      Duchess OBlunt 8 years ago

      Great post dayzeebee. Well written and very informative. It made me look at the acting classes in a different light. One of my sisters is big into acting, and I think perhaps your hub provides a little bit more of an understanding for me

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      dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Allan, checked on your site and found it really interesting. Hmm one of my dreams for theater artists in my hometown is to be able to send talented and deserving students abroad and be trained there. I pray that becomes a reality soon. Thanks for the comment and the visit. Blessings:)

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      dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Steffsings, thank you for sharing your experience. It's good to find more performing artists in this community. Will go visit you soon:)

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      Allan 8 years ago

      I really like the content of this blog, so do keep posting and keep the good work up.

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      steffsings 8 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      I agree. Drama (and choir too) helped make me the person i am today. It has helped me with Public speaking engagements, interviews,and even communicating in small groups. Great hub! Thank you for sharing it.

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      dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello Dottie, oh you are such a sweet one. Thank you for acknowledging the metamorphosis that happened to your friends through the workshops. I hope you no longer fear me.LOL. Oh it would be great if we do get the chance to do some theater games together. Do take care and my best to the family. Hugs:)

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      dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Oh yes Princessa I had this feeling you have had some acting workshop background. You project great confidence and your people skills come out strong. Thank you for your constant support. Blessings:)

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks dayzeebee for sharing all these wonderful benefits one can inherit from an acting workshop. It really has opened my eyes. Seeing you and ripplemaker transform into beautiful butterflies is what really made it believable for me.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Beautiful hub dayzeebee, I went to an acting workshop when I was a teenager and it really helped me at a personal level.

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      dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi VioletSun and thank you for the thumbs up. Yes but in truth I never saw it that way when I was younger. Not until I was trained under the Eric Morris method. He has this awesome way of handling exercises that showed me how one any group activity can turn into a life changing experience. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Love and light:)

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      dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks Anath, totally agree with the power of believing. It is that which opens doors to the abundance of life and love and even financial blessings. See you around. Blessings:)

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Daisy: Read your hub last night and I was thinking its a learning experience reading how the actor's workshops function and how the skills learned can be applied to real life, even for those of us who are not perfomers.

      Thumbs up!

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      Anath 8 years ago

      Fantastic hub. The Power To Believe is perhaps the most important thing that you can get from an acting workshop. Believing and having hope makes life happier and easier. I am thinking here about the fantastic Benigni's film "La vita è bella" where a Jewish man makes his son believe in the beauty of life in the worst of scenaries: a Nazi death camp.

      I think that only after you believe, things can become truth.

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      dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Nancy, always a pleasure to read a comment from you. Blessings:)

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      dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi SoftCornHippo, wow that's interesting,thanks for sharing. Will check out on the book you recommended. Why not check out Eric Morris. His method is quite effective. God bless:)

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      dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Michelle, thank you for the thumbs up. You are one of the more powerful example of how acting workshops could transform a shy person into an versatile performer on and off stage. Proud of what you've accomplished my friend. Hugs:)

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      dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Namaste Linda, Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. Blessing:)

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      Wonderful hub and so full of inspiring information…

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      SoftCornHippo 8 years ago

      Oh yA! Very valuable, acting. I would have studied with Stanislavsky, but I couldn't get through the door! If you like to read such things, he wrote several, "My Life in Art" is a treasure. Thanks for the memories! I acting workshops are a great tool for living.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I know for a fact that the acting workshops that I participated in really helped me to grow in the areas of handling emotions, using the body to express, believing in oneself and so much more. There is a wealth of knowledge found in this hub. I hope many will come to see the value of how acting workshops is also a personal development training tool. :) Thumbs up dayzeebee for this great hub! :)

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      Universal Laws 8 years ago from UNIVERSE

      Great inspiring hub.

      Namaste

      Linda

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