|An actor observes "characters" in people|
You are already a great actor!
In your day to day life you perform different roles and that too, successfully! For example, when you talk to a child, your tone, language, gestures and feelings are different. But when you have to talk to your father or grandpa or your beloved or to an outsider with whom you have to get some favor or to your boss, your approach is different. You mold yourself accordingly and give a great performance. However, this is natural and there are no camera or sound or lights.
So you see, you are already an outstanding actor!
Then why can't you portray a character given by a casting director or a director? The answer is simple.
In life, you go on acting naturally, subconsciously and as YOU! Whereas when a role is given to you, you find it difficult to transform into that character because you don't know how to get into the skin of that character.
You have no data bank in your mind of different types of people with different attributes- for example: you might have seen a postman, a teacher, a beautiful girl, a police officer, a shop owner
Well, though we shall be discussing various acting techniques in the subsequent posts, I'm giving below a simple and the best way to learn how to portray different characters and bring out different attitudes and emotions.
Rule 1Always Keep a diary/ notebook and label that book as "Observation"
Rule 2Keep your mobile with you with voice recording and video enabled below mobile screen
A binocular, if possible
- Observe people in different walks of life, for example on the road, in a train, in a garden, in other public places and in your own house
- Observe different kind of people keenly around you and record their types, profile, walk, posture, language, accent, attitudes, emotions. If this is not possible in a public place, just keep in mind and note down the details in your notebook.
- Easier is at your home, neighborhood or to go to a garden every day, identify one or two people and record them.
Select Different Types and Odd Types
REMEMBER- Films are the stories of life with different types of character: a thief, a police officer, a mother in law, a lover, a beggar a pundit or a priest, a car driver, a judge and many more...