Gibberish for Mental Freedom: Actor' Warm-up

The Ultimate Actor’s Warm-up

My Gibberish Beginnings

We started when were kids. My sisters and I.

We would have a character, always a strong savvy character like a Russian politician, an Italian King, or a fairy Priestess from a parallel realm. When gibberish was on the best part of each character was their words: injurious, fanatical, passionate, loud, emotional nonsensical talk.

It was of fun to play along with our, some times, days, weeks and months-long stories by occasionally filling in the blanks with fantastical speeches in gibberish.

The after speech laughter was hysterical. But a sense of power, togetherness and real emotion that we had gathered with the gibberish, did, without us knowing, help shape our brains, make us more articulate and release all sorts of negativity.

Gibberish was also perfect to sing songs of when we didn’t know the lyrics.

“Gibberish is one of the greatest ways to clean your mind and brake the habit of continual inner verbalisations” Osho

My Warm-up Gibberish to get me into Character

As an Actor, I have found gibberish extremely empowering.

I start with thinking about my character while I slowly transform into her starting with the way I move, I walking like her, my posture, my manners, my attitude, my presence, becomes her then my thoughts my and my feelings are her thoughts and her feelings.

Now driven by my feelings and emotions I start to gibberish. Without any thought or at least without driving any attention to my thoughts.

My emotional state rises, soon my gibberish is pure character-driven emotion. My understanding of my character’s inner being increases significantly. Allowing my performance to be deeply rooted in a more complete sense of true being.

“This Meditation is designed to help individuals throw all the accumulated rubbish in their heads and brings them to a place of deep inner silence. Gibberish is to get rid of the active mind and let go is to enter into the transcendental.” Osho

The Glorious Feeling

While I’m uttering gibberish I feel free, unbounded. I feel like I can unleash my full potential at full blast and nothing can stop me. I feel like I have unlimited time to express myself. I feel like my thoughts and feelings matter a lot.

I feel like I am the creator of a musical, creative, and beautiful and magic language that has great power. I have incredible fun with -the out-of-the-world over the top intonations and expression.

This might sound crazy. But it’s exactly how I feel with the exercise.

Some more facts about gibberish

There are different types

Gibberish can take the form of a single nonsensical word or a group of nonsensical words. Sentences that make no sense can also be gibberish.

There is a famous Poem

The poem “Jabberwocky” in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass.

Lewis Carroll, was famed for his love of nonsensical language and inventing new words. Here is an extract from the poem:

“Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

The frumious Bandersnatch!”

There is an actual language called Gibberish

The language is similar to Pig Latin and is used by people who want to play games with a secret language. To speak it you break each word down into its syllables. Each syllable will usually have a vowel sound. You then add otha-g before each vowel sound.

It would go something like this

Hothagellothago (Hello)Hothagow othagare yothagou (How are you?)Mothagy nothagame othagis (My name is)Whothagat othagis yothagour nothagame? (What is your name?)Hothagow othagold othagare yothagou? (How old are you?)Whothagat tothagime othagis othagit? (What time is it?)Whothagat othagis thothage othaganswothager? (What is the answer?)Whothago othagis thothagat? (Who is that?)Whothagat dothagid othagi mothagiss? (What did I miss?)

Have a go. It’s fun!

The Ultimate Actor’s Warm-up

Exercise 9: Gibberish (Performance duration: 1–3 minutes)

Blabber on

Blabber on for 30 seconds to 3 minutes. Completely super-expressive

Gibberish: Commence gibberish. Imagine you are having an in-depth meaningful conversation or giving a powerful speech. Do not think about what might be that you are saying, just blubber on gibberish with great conviction, passion, feeling, explore different drives. Explore a wide range of emotions, try to tackle as many emotions as possible. Change, tone, pitch, rhythm etc. Make sure you don’t hold tension and ensures that you are releasing tension with your speech.

Other Gibberish Exercises

Group and Solo Gibberish — Activity for Vocal Expression.

a) Improvise a scene, completely in gibberish. The scene should be clear to the audience, we should be able to guess every gibberish sentence and the story should make sense. Establish Who (is in the scene), What (is happening).

b) Attempt parts of the text in full gibberish. This is a good warm-up for

vocal expression and body language. Useful for increasing vocal range, expressive physical language and volume. It also encourages engagement and discussion.

Excercise Objective

Enhanced facial expression. Enhanced Body language. Vocal expression. Enhanced creativity. Concentration and focus.

Gibberish Benefits

The Benefits of the Gibberish expressive meditation are:

Releasing emotional turmoil from body and mind, excellent for our overall well-being.Transforming victim into empowerment, freeing ourselves from mental/emotional prisons.In your acting practice, you develop a freer character with enhanced confidence and limitless creativity.You will find improvisation more fluid. Emotions flowing more consistently and with ease.Your expressions and body language are the most believable and real.You can create from a clean canvas every time you use this exercise.You feel focused.

My book ‘The Ultimate Actors Warm-up’ is helping many Actors and Creatives up their performance prepping game get it here.