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For all the aspiring actors out there or the simple curious, have you been wondering how they do it in Hollywood? The fake crying and stuff...Is your biggest challenge to bring out these tears that would make your performance full of life and emotions. Here are ten silly tips to practice over in front of your mirror or right in front of all these cameras and staff:

Use your hand to hold one eye open really wide.

Take your upper eyelid and lower eyelid by the lashes and pull gently.

Keep your jaws a few millimeters apart and then tense it. It will start to wobble but this will need lots of practice as to not look weird while you're doing it.

Rub your eyes a lot. Not too hard so you don't hurt yourself. Do not blink after and in twenty seconds the fake tears should be rolling down.

Wonder onions! They work quite well in the kitchen. Can't remember how many times I had to put the knife down and take a break for a moment.Well I don't know how you'll use onions on the stage but I guess sneak them in your bra or shirt pocket until needed. Weird...

Well yawning is another method that works.

Let the dialogue move you to the emotional point. Don't distance yourself from the character you're playing. Be that character ahead of time, before the cameras roll. Don't worry about the crying part, get into character and go along with it.

Use a "tear stick". A lot of actors use it. Don't know where you can get one. Wipe it under your eyes and get instant tears. Works like magic I hear.

Try dancing with your fears. Not literally! Some actors find thinking of a sad event takes too long to bring the tears so they try a shorter method. The what if method. While in character think of a love one, a pet and imagine something terrible happening to them while you're not there. The thought of coming home to tragedy. Quite heartless if you ask me...

Last but not least. Don't be a robot. The tears mean being in character and being in character also means the "body language". With the tears come the performance whether you are playing the spoiled brat, the romantic lover or the loser of the bunch; make it real!

If all fails then I feel bad for you buddy but if it helps practice makes perfect. So stand in front of that mirror and start crying! Johnny Depp did not get it in two seconds! Or did he...?

Good luck and break a leg. Not literally! Oh and leave a comment :)


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