We have one set of experiences to draw from on stage… and that is our own. In contrast, there are a lot of diverse and complex roles out there beyond our perception and knowledge. So, as you draw from your background, examine your relationships, human interactions, motivations, experiences, strength, and hope.. Be present in real life so you can also soak it in creating a character persona on stage.
Now… onto research. Choose a few places to “people watch”. A favorite park, a grocery store, a campus quad, a bookstore, or a bench at a mall. Keep a journal with the observations that really speak to you. People and situations that give you inspiration in creating characters. How they move. Their vocal tones. Facial expressions. This is a guide to help you when creating characters swiftly, and we all know in the industry that that next role if we’re lucky, is right around the corner.
Your character development journey has already started, so you can pull from these real-life examples to provide insight into future roles and how to create and bring depth to the spotlights.
Also, surround yourself with people that truly enrich your life and help you in your “safe space” to explore and create… People that challenge you to grow! These friends, family, and mentors are crucial to developing healthy wellness offstage. For If you’re only focused on acting without this insight and life balance, you will never realize your full potential.
Challenge to percolate:
Choose a role you would love to have. To gain perspective, brainstorm on people that could add nuance to this role. Do a monologue from the role using these insights.