The number thing that blocks an actor from creating an authentic performance or audition is not relating to the scene (Question #2 of the 9 Questions of Intentional Acting) or often described as “Judging the Character”.
The only way you can get inside the shoes of your character and live their circumstances or also described as “Be the character” is if you relate, connect, and believe the character’s convictions. But if you judge them, you instantly cut yourself off from being the character.
Here’s how to know if you’re judging your character. Listen to yourself and notice if you’re saying any of these statements or anything similar to them.
- “I’m not that.”
- “I don’t like her or him.”
- “He’s dumb.”
- “I would never do that.”
- “I would never say that.”
- “I can’t say that.”
- “He or she is mean.”
- “My character is the bad guy.”
- “She’s a bitch.”
Start again – look for the positive attributes of the character. What you do you like about your character? How can you relate to your character?
For example, if I got the opportunity to play Osama Bin Laden, I’d have to focus on the fact that he is passionate and believed that he was doing the absolute best thing for his people. I can relate to that. I am passionate and want to do the best thing for my people.
Find ways to connect to your character so you can put yourself in their shoes and you will “Be the Character.”
In the comments below whare ways that you connect to your character and step in their shoes.