OK, if you’ve been following along through this TEACHING SERIES… you should be getting much closer to FINDING OUT and KNOWING so much more about WHO YOUR CORE CHARACTER IS. Once you’ve done this work, make a list of WHO YOU ARE by using the CBSI CHARACTER ANALYSIS SHEET in creating a full write up of YOUR CHARACTER.
Once you do this, think about what SITUATION would be most appropriate for your character. In other words… when you get a pretty good handle on CHARACTERISTIC YOU, what would be an APPROPRIATE and INTERESTING situation to find yourself in? WHAT WOULD THE DEFINED YOU DO?
If some of your ADJECTIVES and CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS come in as [Sharp, Sophisticated, Intelligent, Collegiate], it might make sense to have this character in an instructional or business role. Possibly a Jr. Executive of a start-up company. If your list consists of descriptions like [Dark, Mysterious, Questionable, Suspicious], you may think along the lines of — Secret Agent, Hit Man/Woman, Bad Guy/Gal. It will also concern me that you’re actually someone in the studio!!
If you look back on your work, you should remember that one of your tasks was to locate your KNOWN PERSONALITY, the person in the PUBLIC EYE who you most RESEMBLE or COMPARE YOURSELF TO. When you do this, see if the CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS for them run parallel to you. If not, make the necessary adjustments to YOUR LIST and adapt.
Next, I’d like you to check out some GOOD CHARACTER work that you’ve already seen performed… work that you already appreciate. Then compare the CHARACTER WORK to the ACTUAL ACTOR EMPOWERING THE CHARACTER. See where you can draw a comparison between the ACTOR and the CHARACTER. Also, see where there are NO NOTICEABLE DIFFERENCES. This will help free you up to discover more incite to your character without personal judgement.
Hey! In the midst of all of this work… DON’T GET CAUGHT UP IN THE DETAILS! Grab hold of a STRONG ASPACT of your yourself and build UPON and AROUND that. Before you know it, you’ll have a STRONG CHARACTER of your own to add to your GROWING ARSENAL!
Enjoy THE PROCESS!