Why it's so important to visualize your character....
Probably first described by Anton Checkhov, visualization is, in many
ways, essential for all great acting.
The character you play is usually not
like you. Your character is the
writer’s vision of someone else. That
means the character does not have many
of your characteristics. They don’t
have your smile, your eye color or
your nervous tick. They don’t walk
like you, move like you or dress like
you. Therefore, in order for an actor
to perform a character believably, the
actor must “see” their character’s
behaviors and try to embody them.
every time you get into character and
prepare for acting, be
sure you first see your character.
character is wearing.
When we wear fancy clothing, we tend
to feel cool, confident or even sexy.
When we wear tattered
clothing, we tend to feel less so.
Choosing the right clothing for the
character makes the actor feel more in
tune with how the character is
supposed to feel.
character is thinking at various times
in the script.
What is the
character thinking at various times of
the script? Seeing the way he or she
behaves in various moments helps piece
together how the character is to react
when confronted with various stimuli.
of the character.
The way we move says an awful lot
about who we are. Walking tall and
proud with shoulders back conveys the
exact opposite message from walking
slow and slouched. The way a performer
conducts movement for the character,
so too, tells the story of who that
character is and what he or she is
thinking and feeling.
character reacts to certain stimuli.
See if the
character, for example, is an
introverted or extroverted person? If
introverted, he or she might react to
receiving some bad news by becoming
more withdrawn, while the extrovert
might erupt with rage.
character’s miscellaneous movements.
Does the character rock
back and forth a lot while speaking?
If so, it might help portray a
character who is unsure of himself.
Small movements can achieve huge