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start with a picture

Use Google images, find a picture which suits or hints at the characters face.

Then to form a character brief, a back story or to help bring someone to life, ask yourself questions like this;

  • What is your name?
  • How old are you?
  • Where are you now?
  • What was life like when you were 5
  • And when you were 10 and 15, 20 …
  • Are you married? in a relationship?
  • Do you have children?
  • What are their names?
  • What makes you happy?
  • What makes you sad, angry?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • Who influenced you most?
  • What stories define your life?
  • What stories do you tell?
  • What secrets do you keep?
  • Do you have an incomplete story?
  • Who are your friends
  • Where did you grow up?
  • Where do you live now?
  • Are you rich, poor, healthy, ill?
  • What do you do?
  • Do you have a job
  • Have you had other jobs?
  • Have you travelled? where?
  • How do you stand, walk, gesture etc
  • How do you speak, what accent do you have?
  • What mannerisms do you have?

Ask the questions slowly, with time to ponder, collate and compile a picture of the person in your mind. You don’t need to literally answer every question, and in 5 or 10 minutes you can create a rich and deep background, allowing you to play the character with great depth and personality.

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