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Actor’s Log

The following information is a helpful guide to assist you in producing a sufficient actors log.

  • You are writing a daily account of your rehearsals, through the eyes of an actor.
  • Your log does not have to look “pretty”. However, it must be well presented. All visuals/images should be there for a reason to compliment your research, the play or your character.
  • Your log must be clear and easy to read.
  • Your log must be positive and thoughtful.
  • A strong sense of-self evaluation and insightful discoveries about yourself as an actor.

How am I going to write up my rehearsal today?

  1. Headline- As well as the date, you should give each day your own personal heading, giving an indication of how you felt about it.
  2. Content- A brief description of any games/exercises or rehearsal material. Make notes after each session, including what you learned from these as an actor.
  3. Your views and feeling- It is important to state how you feel. It is a waste of your time to simply list what you were told to do and why. The director know what they have asked you to do, but we need to know what you understand, why and what you made of it.
  4. Daily Self Assessment- You must continually identify your strengths and weaknesses as an actor, and reflect on the day.
  5. Directors’ notes- All notes given by the director should be written up in your log. If you don’t write them down, how can you possibly improve on your weaknesses or move rehearsals along?
  6. Tasks- At the end of each account you should identify what work needs to be done for the next day. An actor’s job is something else to work on.

At the end of each week…
At the end of every week you need to do a weekly evaluation and include the following headings.

  1. Strengths and Weaknesses – From the rehearsal process to the date of your weekly evaluation, and from any directors’ notes/feedback you have received, summarise using bullet points your strengths and weaknesses as an actor.
  2. Action Plan – This should be in response to your strengths and weaknesses, and be a list of your suggestions and intentions on how you think you are improving and progressing as an actor with reference to the past week of rehearsals.
  3. Improvements- Again using bullet points, summarise how you think you are improving and progressing as an actor with reference to the past week of rehearsals.
  4. Developing my character- What have you done and what do you intend to do in order to develop your understanding of your character.
  5. Research –Any information you have gathered to help develop your understanding of the play/characters.
  6. Reading –As above, plus anything you are personally reading.
  7. Reviewing films and plays– Any film or piece of theatre you have seen, you should get into the habit of writing a short review to enable you to get your thoughts down on paper, include a copy within your log.

 For example of a daily log entry
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 For example of a weekly evaluation
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