When you get started in acting, it is difficult to know who to listen too. Luckily there are lots of talented actors willing to share their experiences. Many years of acting experience have shown me who is worth listening too. Uta Hagen provides acting instruction in her book Respect for Acting. I’ve been acting for ten years and I can shed some light on the poor information.
An especially poor acting tip is how to commit lines to memory. As an actor, your focus should not be memorizing dialogue. You should focus on why the character is speaking the lines. What are the characters goals? What is he feeling when he is speaking? How does he respond to other characters? The audition process is not about finding the person who can memorize lines. You want to rehearse with the script. But no director will scold you for improvising some of the lines. What is important is how well you can act. How well you remember the script is not important. Actress Jessica Alba said in Elle Magazine December 2010 issue “Good actors, never use the script unless it’s amazing writing. All the good actors I’ve worked with, they all say whatever they want to say.” That demonstrates how often professional actors stray from the script.