Do not hold anything in your hands for long.
This is one of the mistakes of apprentice actors. For example, get rid of a cigarette very quickly. Do not do 'cigarette acting'. And do not hold on to a scarf or a napkin or a wine glass. There are a number of reasons for this: (1) You cannot motivate this holding on to an object (you cannot find a justification) (2) It forces you into a closed posture, with hands across your body (3) It makes the object very important and significant, and the audience will puzzle over this and be distracted (4) No professional actor does this on stage. Your visits to professional theatre productions should allow you to study this. Hand props - Very important! They will show the details of your character - not too fussy - but revealing!
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