But sometimes you need more. Since professions define who we are, you need to understand your character’s profession and learn as much about it as you can. The best way to do that is to watch people doing that job and interview them about their work and careers.
People love talking to actors; so don’t hesitate to talk to people about their work and how they do it. Show them your script and ask if they have any suggestions for activities or behavior for you
While you might not be able to duplicate every experience your character has, try to experience as many as you can so you can do them honestly. If you can’t experience them because they are dangerous or illegal go back to Google and YouTube and watch interviews and clips of people doing those things. With a little effort, you can find almost anything you are looking for online.
So read the script carefully, brainstorm, do your research, and use your imagination to make the information your own. Then, meet people who do the same kind of work as your character and explore the activities that your character does in the course of the story. This research approach, which uses every part of you, will blend your intellect, imagination, and experiences to help you get inside the script and to help get the script inside of you.
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