2. Read a script. Check one out at the library. They have plays or movie scripts printed into books. Read you favorite movie in script form. Heck, maybe even say some of the lines out loud and see how that feels. And while you are reading, if you are anything like me, the characters will develop voices. Distinct voices. And they will have actions and start to move and you will want to move too. My first few attempts at reading plays was very labor intensive. I couldn't relax with them. Didn't see the point. But I just kept reading and reading. And once my imagination caught up with me, I was off to the races.
3. Attend a Free Acting Workshop. Several Acting Training Centers have a FREE class you can attend to see if their program is right for you. They will go over fundamentals of their programs and such. And I found they can be really insightful and even pick up a few tips. Keep your eyes peeled. They are probably all around you -these opportunities to explore Acting. And now that you are putting some energy into it - more will come into light.
4. Take an Improv Workshop. These are usually very low in cost. Are fun way to spend a Saturday or a Sunday. And they can get you on your feet and experiencing the joy of playing. I suggest this, because my doorway into professional acting was with improv. I took a 4 week Improv class. I loved it!! It was very low pressure (because I was already adding enough of that myself) and I wanted more when I was done. That was a good sign for me. That I wanted to keep exploring.
5. Talk to other people who are Performing. Ask them questions. Go see them perform. Where did they take classes? What works for them? How do they memorize? Why do they do it? And watch as everyone has their own ideas and opinions. Actors, Musicians, Dancers, Slam Poets, Story Tellers - talk to all who get in front of others to perform their art. Which is great - so you can start gathering your own!!!