9 essential questions to help build your character(s)!!!
Yo! So I’m not sure if any other person that took an introductory theater class posted about this on tumblr before, but this was something I learned way back in freshman year, “basic to any aspiring actor/actress” in my teacher’s words, and since I’m ending school soon, I thought I’d share my notes on it here! They’re essentially nine basic questions to ask yourself about your character to help understand your role as that character… but I figured that these are good questions to ask for any kind of potential character building! I feel like a lot of things actors/actresses apply to themselves when they are acting can be applied. It’s why I saved it, hehe.
As mentioned in Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen:
Who am I? This is general character information; Name, age, physical appearance, personality, etc.
Where am I? This is the location of the character and their surroundings/environment, including their country, city, area, neighborhood, building, etc.
What time is it? This is the century, year, season, month, day, hour, etc. of where this character is from.
What surrounds me? This question can also be rephrased as “Who am I talking to?” This could mean objects, people, places, etc., whether they are animate/inanimate, and how this will influence how the character proceeds with circumstances. These factors change circumstances the most.
What is my relationship? Synonymous with #4, this is the character’s relationships with objects, people, places, etc. Is it the character’s concern? Is the character friendly to it?
What are the given circumstances? Past, present, and future circumstances are included. How will it affect the character? How can the character utilize or influence these circumstances, if possible? Why are there these circumstances? This is the most important question to consider.
What do I want? These are objectives, super-objectives, through line of actions, etc. A character’s circumstances are connected to what the character wants as obstacles, tools, and so forth.
What’s in my way? These are the circumstances that serve as obstacles for the character. When writing a character, it is important to consider that there is no “chairkicking” to reaching the objective when an obstacle is present.
What do I do to get what I want? These will be the character’s tactics and actions that will reach it’s objectives and utilizing/influencing/dodging the circumstances. All the previous questions can be considered it’s circumstances to get what it wants, respectively.
I’m imagining the logistics of Pride @ middleborough high n I think, given how popular most of the crew is, they could make a really banging party. like, based on the fandom’s collective agreement that None of them r straight, if the bmc kids all got together and promoted an event, wouldn’t most of the school b on board? like I can just imagine Michael offhandedly mentioning how small middleborough’s Pride usually is, maybe looking a little sad/disappointed, n rich jumps in like !!!!!! I wanna do that!!!! n then it just catches on! jake’ll do it if rich wants to. like I have this whole huge scenario where the school doesn’t really have a gsa or anything, so eventually Michael caves and establishes it himself, but bc every really popular kid in school is Not Straight, word gets out about it n soon everyone @ the school wants in!! they could even make their own float for the parade!! chloe n Christine could design it, maybe make t shirts and pins n shit w Michael, Brooke n jake could get all the extracurricular clubs to come together- maybe get the cheerleaders n the band to work together n make a cheer/chant?? Jenna would document e v e r y t h i n g, she’d set up a special insta just for their Pride it would b lit as shit
On this blog we Love and Appreciate Laura Moon for being a complex character!!
She made bad, ugly choices. Choices that hurt the people she loved. She wasn’t someone perfect or always good. But she has a second chance now to protect and love Shadow in a way she didn’t when she was alive, and she’s a BADASS and I love her!!!! She’s EXPLICITLY suicidal in the show, has difficulty forming close relationships, being emotionally vulnerable and YES, she is manipulative and unkind as a result. But now she’s!! Changed. Literally resurrected!! She’s alone and she has nothing now, but Shadow, and she’s going to be better and protect him and fight for him!!!
THE STORY BEGINS WITH A BOY, a boy with a necklace of cursed gold. a shipwreck, of all things, leading him toward the answers he seeks. who is he? where does he come from? an HONEST blacksmith by trade, the young man doesn’t realize that a seemingly unfortunate alliance with a PIRATE is the beginning of his destiny. a destiny that, in time, will lead the young man into the depths or a world filled with treachery, swashbuckling, more salt water than one might ever hope to see, and the realization that perhaps the life of a PIRATE is one he’s been meant to live all along. INDEPENDENT WILL TURNER. HIGHLY SELECTIVE AND PRIVATE. LIKE AND / OR REBLOG IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN INTERACTING!
A doodle for BillDip week day 1! Festival and Kissing booth! There’s a fanfic under the cut that’s my real entry, the pic just goes with it lmao. It’s just a doodle because it’s actually the 29th for me (it’s 2am) and I needed to get this done
The fanfic includes a kind of band AU I made up where Dot Matrix (the square dude from Demonic Guardians AU), Paz, Mabel and Dipper form LOVE PATROL OMEGA and Will and Bill make Polygon Paradigm. And they’re total rival bands. Blur and Oasis style.
Real name: sarah. Nicknames: mo / sal. Sexuality: heterosexual. Preferred pronouns: she / her Are you a morning person?: i never wake up before 12pm if i don’t have to. When swimming, do you prefer to do it in the ocean, or in a lake?: i can’t swim! but lake.
Anyone you would like to meet in real life?: my pit o’ hell bros. Anyone you have met in real life?: nope. When did you first join? How old is your current account?: it was 2012. so long ago. this account was only made a few weeks ago. Any peeves?: nah. Unpopular opinion: people on this site are way to sensitive sometimes :o
Do you easily get jealous?: no. Do you easily get angry?: no. Are you easy to cheer up?: I’M NEVER SAD :) What’s the most hurtful thing someone could do to you?: why is this a question. What’s the most hurtful thing someone has done to you?: what are you planning. Are you good at hiding your emotions?: no, everyone can see through me lmao. What’s the very best way to cheer you up?: let me sleep or get me food.
Are you currently in a relationship?: no. Do you currently have a crush on someone?: yeet. If yes, might that someone be reading this?: no. Do you kiss on the first date?: yes. depending if they’re chill. Do you prefer going out, or staying home, when it comes to dates?: both.
Favorite drink: chocolate milk holy fuck. Favorite food: every food. but also salted chilli chicken and chips. Most calming place?: bed. Most stressful place?: exam hall. Most prized possession?: i dont have one. maybe my charm bracelet i suppose!