Many actors unconsciously try to hold their breath. Or perhaps they have the habit of shallow breathing. Because of nervousness, a desire to please, outright fear – the reasons don’t really matter. If you, the actor, run out of breath before the end of your line, the audience won’t be able to hear what you’re saying. Add to that, breathless acting isn’t much fun, and you might keel over on stage.
Make it a practice to mark the places in a script where you need to inhale fully. These are often on the punctuation marks: on the periods, commas, and question marks. Pulling in deep breaths will give you energy and stamina. Works for everyday living, too.
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