How your mind enjoys it's own cleverness with language.

As you speak, your mind can be aware of the beauty and clarity of the language it's creating.

With certain characters – speakers – there is an awareness that their dialogue – their speech - is good. Or, the manner in which they are delivering it sounds good.

It’s an overlapping support, praise and confidence-boosting ride.

You speak; it's beautiful; you're encouraged to speak more; it's better; you keep speaking; and so forth. Your mind likes it and you like your mind liking it.

Think of Marc Antony in Julius Caesar and how his brain would be processing as he moved forward in his funeral speech. He would have liked it as he began the repetition of ‘All honourable men’ and ‘Ambition’. He would know that it was making the point in an artistic way and orally very moving.

As the speech moves forward one voice in his brain could be saying, ‘It’s going well.’ ‘I like this.’ ‘They like it.’ Giving Antony more strength and confidence to widen the parameters of his speech.

Observe when you have text that is delicious. Observe when you do that.

Some actors have the awareness that their dialogue – their speech is good.

Donald Sutherland is a speaker. An actor who enjoys the enunciation, the sound, the variety and complexity of language. Often, it’s one of his characters main qualities.

Call it what you will – a showing off, a celebration of English, the beauty of the rhythm and syntax and colloquialisms, all.

The minting (John Barton’s word) of language as you speak and your awareness and enjoyment of that minting is gold.

Actor’s speak. 

Learn to enjoy the sound of your own voice.