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4 Top Tips to Work on Your Role to Be A Great Actor

Working on a character as per changes in a story

The "role" you got to play in a film or a play is called "Character"
The goal of any actor, is to be able to tell a story as a "character", so the main task from first reading to final performance is to develop that "character". This makes you a truly great actor!

Nothing thrills a casting director or a director more than a truly creative portrayal of a "Character" by an actor!.

From  a social and practical point of view what a "Character" in the role is which you intend portraying? And then, how to work and create your "Character" from the script?

Basically, his research shows that it’s you. And “you” are created from moment to moment from different circumstances. That’s what it is. That’s what creates different “you’s.”

  • Hot Tea spilled on you at a restaurant. A different you is triggered.
  • You ask your love mate to marry you. She declines. A different you is triggered.
  • A stranger asks you for directions. A different you is triggered.

Let us try to analyze a "Character" and how  best to create within you  

A “Character” in a script which you are trying to create, then, is not what we think it is or, rather, what we want it to be. It is NOT a fixed, easily identifiable set of closely related traits (attributes), and it only seems that way because of the way our thought processes are organized. Consequently, we built up a profile of a “Character” like a bundle of fixed habits which remain the same throughout the entire period of the “Character” in a script (Story). Seldom have we changed it based on tempo-rhythm of a story, circumstance and context.

  1. One of the reasons of this could be our ignorance of the objective of the script and the “Character” and how this objective is achieved by a story writer. Perhaps a lack of analysis of changes in a story and how my “Character” will behave.
  2. So just like in our personal life, circumstances and relevance in a script may evoke the many-sided traits (attitudes, emotions, attitudes etc) and reactions in a “Character” and we have to work on a character's profile, keeping in consideration how a character trait will change.  Personally, sometimes we like what we have created, sometimes we don’t. 
  3. Learn our selves. If we can learn our own selves, our traits and how we behave in different life situations, we can explore  a “Character” better based on the changes in the script and become everything we want in our work: fearless, vulnerable, expressed, and transformative. Just like as we aspire to in life.
  4. In my opinion, we have never to struggle hard on ourselves to be a particular and a non-dynamic “Character” as narrated in a script. That may not look real. Instead, create a vibrant profile of a “Character”, develop and sharpen those traits which match you and drop what doesn’t match you. Based on source

Some other simple tips

To facilitate the above, work on questions and  answers

While analyzing and creating your "Character" from the every change in the story (script), ask yourself

1. Who am I?

2. Where am I?

3. When is it?

4. Where have I just come from?

5. What do I want at this moment?

6. Why do I want it?

7. Is it different from what I did in earlier situation?

8. How will I get what I want and by doing what?

9. Is it creative and real about once what I have decided to do?
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