Here is a challenge to conquer!
So often, as actors and performers, we have a hard time knowing how others see us. What is my type which the viewers would like to see and appreciate? We want to play the sweet innocent girl or a leading man when we would be better suited to play the hilarious comedy character or some other side kick. What we forget, is that trying desperately to get roles simply because we like to see ourselves in that “character” may be responsible for our rejections and failure as an actor, whereas accepting and celebrating the type for which we are best suited will allow us to stand out as a total rock star and hit success that might never be possible if we went against our type.
Just follow these steps and you’ll find a new sense of freedom knowing you have a more focused plan as an actor who knows his/her “actor type.”
1. Find Your Actor Type
Sure, you can explore the depth of your talents in a class or with a coach,… but it is important to make it easy for casting directors that you’ve yet to work with.
Good audition postings have breakdowns that explain the “type” they are looking for and it’s smart to know whether you fit or not, and then if you go, knowing "yes, I meet the type”, you have a brighter chance of grabbing the role.
HERO OR HEROIN, LEADING MAN/WOMEN, OLDER CHARACTER ACTOR, HERO’S FRIENDS ELDERLY, DIRTY,LEADING VILLAIN, SIDE VILLIAN, STRONG MAN, SWEET SENSITIVE ETC
Think of all of the films and TV shows you’ve seen and start to notice how you would describe the characters in just a few words.
3. Know Yourself
- What age range I can play? (Not how old you actually are)
- What is my physical type?
- When people look at you who do they see? Hero (Ye to hero lagta hai, yaar!) Young, Old, Thin, Heavyset, Curvy, Toned, Trendy, Rich upper class (Rahis baap ki aulad lagta hai), Sloppy etc.
- What is my type? What personality/energy I give off?
4. What type or attitude I show and how do I react to different situations in life?
Check and explore yourself
Aggressive (pushing type), Anxious, Arrogant, Shy, Confident, Curious, Determined, Disapproving, Jealous, Dejected, Happy, Horrified, Hurt (physically or mentally), Indifferent, Innocent, Interested, Lonely, Obstinate, Sheepish, Look Suspicious, Sympathetic, Indecisive, Ambitious, Irritating, Easy going, Imaginative, Humorous, Affectionate, Sleepy, Stiff neck, Bored etc.… etc.
5. What is my vocal type?
However, let me tell you-voice quality can improve significantly with practice and scientific vocal exercises
6. Ask Your Friends, Co Workers and Your Coach
be way off, or some might give the answers that they think you want to hear – but you are sure to get a few really great answers if you take the time to actually ask a handful of people and really sit with their answers.
If you feel shy asking for advice, I suggest you to contact me. In my case, you are approaching a neutral person. Accept yourself as told and march ahead on your path of success and t up and do it anyway.
7. Conclusion: Compare
- If you are a kid/teenager start by looking for actors who are your current age, and then also do this for actors who are a bit older than you. In children’s films or theatre you’ll sometimes play parts that you aren’t right for yet… but that you will be right for eventually.