When the director says “Action!” you have to start acting. You have to remember your line (or lines) and say it on cue - that means just after the other actor has finished saying the line before yours in the script.
And as if that wasn’t difficult enough, while you’re waiting you also have to look like you’re listening to the other actor, even if you aren’t. It’s not easy! It’s no good mouthing along with what the other actor is saying, or closing your eyes, or putting your paws over your ears.
Practise looking like you’re listening in the bathroom mirror, or anywhere where you can see your reflection, such as a shiny spoon, car fender or pond.
© David Severn