Actors who lose themselves to their characters are always a thrill to watch on stage and on the screen. The ability to engage in a certain role requires a lot of skills, a fact that tends to scare rookie actors. But connecting to the character assigned to you should not be a daunting process. The right approach and correct mind-set should be able to help you prepare for an upcoming production. To guide you with that, Explore Talent has put together a list of acting questions that will help you connect to your character.
Ask these acting questions to yourself and be prepared to absorb the character you are set to play.
Basic Acting Questions for Getting into Character
1. Where am I?
Let your imagination run wild and establish your location. If you are in an audition room, this might be a bit of a challenge. Position yourself in a certain place by closing your eyes for a brief moment while letting yourself lose in your character’s environment.
2. What is happening?
Get to the root of your scene by imagining it as a newspaper headline. What is the most important event occurring during this time? By knowing the essence of what is going on, you can focus on portraying the right emotions needed for the scene.
3. What is my relationship with the other characters?
Of all the acting questions listed in this article, this is the rule most commonly given to actors. Being able to get a good sense of how your character interacts with the other characters should be established at the very beginning. Yet not many performers are able to incorporate that logic into their acting.
So to get into character, consider spending your time making a relationship backstory that focuses on feelings. For example, your character loves his dad, sometimes he hates him, but at the end of the day, he’ll always be his dad. Then you can proceed to label that relationship. For the example given, you can use the adjective “complicated” to describe the emotions the character feels when he’s around his father.
4. What do you want to do?
Your character is in the story for a reason—to do “something.” And that specific “something” definitely has a series of tasks that need to be completed until the main goal of the story is accomplished. Being able to understand this from the script is needed to put your character’s arc into full gear. Otherwise, you’ll end up merely spurting out words without actions.
Remember that the number one thing that prevents you from getting into character is developing the wrong mind-set. If you constantly remind yourself that you are in the audition room or in the presence of a production team, then your creative flow could be severely disrupted.
To combat this, give yourself the right time to breathe out all the distractions that surround you and learn the basic principles stated above by heart.