Too many actors believe that the text is the major component of their performance for the camera.
But as important as the text is, the physical side of the performance is of equal importance to the spoken word. Physical acting, in other words.
It’s what you do – as opposed to what you say – that is most instructive for the audience, as people tend to watch before they listen.
As in real life, people will create their first impression of you within seconds of seeing you for the first time. Therefore your first moments on-screen should make an impact on the audience and give them a small insight into what you are all about.
How does the character move? How do they use their body? Do they walk erect and confidently, or slouch with their head down, making little eye contact with the other actor(s)?
How you use your face, your eyes and your body can offer real insight into the character and what that person is all about.
Unlike text, which is dependent upon the spoken language of any particular nation, physicalisation is a universal language unrestricted by the borders imposed by language.
Remember, action speaks louder than words.