Animating a character without speech



Hey there!
I have a HUGE problem, I’m writting my first story on Episode. I chose to write it with Limelight characters. I just have one problem, I don’t know how to aniamte my characters without having them to talk (I don’t know if you get what I mean).
I saw on many tutorials that the only thing you had to do was to pub “is” and then the animation with ( ), but it’s not working for me, it just keeps on saying that it’s not a valid directing command.

Examples of what I wrote:

@HAZEL is (text_phone_neutral_loop) THEN @HAZEL is (yawn_bored)
(Man, I’m so tired. I won’t say no to a little nap)
@HAZEL walks to 0.534 71 304 in 3 seconds

@HAZEL is (sleep_sit_neutral_loop)

Example n°2
@speechbubble is 180 244 to 100% with tail_top_right
JAZMIN (talk_sheepish_rubneck)
Well it’s a no for me.
@speechbubble is 118 238 to 100% with tail_top_right
MARISSA (idle_armscrossed_shifteyes_loop)
I forgot that you were a Nerd.

@ JAZMIN is (idle_happy_pose)

So what I’m doing is that I make then say some weird stuff such as “dshsdj” and then change the speech bubble size to make it very very very very small, but this is annoying, beacause when I read the story, there’s a pose since the character is supposed to talk…

Please help me !!!

I’d like to thank in advance all of the people that will help me =)
Have a good day/evening


Remove the brackets when you want them to talk without speechbubbles. For example.

@CHARACTER is think

And when using THEN you need to remove the @ and put it all in the same line. Another example.

@CHARACTER is think THEN CHARACTER is talk_arms_crossed


Thank you so much!!! =)