How to overcome shyness when acting

How to overcome shyness when acting

Responding to Sophea’s question last week, Dy Saveth, the renowned 69-year-old Cambodian movie actress who has been acting since the 1960s, gives her advice on the issue raised.

Acting is a gift, but it also needs to be taught. “Having an instructor is the first step”, Saveth says. A good instructor can shape students to be on the right track according to his or her talents, allow students to become adapted to acting and give good techniques and advice to students.

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Studying with good instructor is not enough, however – practice is a must, Saveth says. “Students should try to practice acting at home in front of the mirror to get the sense of acting,” she added. “Students should practice from 30 minutes to an hour per day.”

When actors are well trained and have practised sufficiently, they should progress to another step – staying focused. The veteran actress says: “We should forget our surroundings for a moment when acting. We should stay focused and try to get ourselves into the story.”

When people get a successful acting career, rumours and gossip will follow them. Therefore, Saveth says that those who want to be actors or actresses should not worry about what other people say. It is all part of a career in acting.

“Even when an actress hugs an actor when acting, she should not feel bad about it because she does it for the purpose of work and in front of colleagues – she does not do it in a room just with the boy,” Saveth says.

Acting is a kind of job that requires a lot of effort from actors and actresses. It takes time to master it, Saveth says. “We actors and actresses should keep our profession in mind, and we must not forget our own values and Khmer culture.”

Dara Saoyuthnea and Samreth Sodh

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