Sunday, January 1, 2017

Lesson 7 Free Online Acting School Help for Actors 2017 Edition

Free Help For Actors - Lesson 7 of the Free Acting School

Now it is time to prepare yourself to act. After you selected two monologues to perform on camera from this link http://www.freedrama.net/small1a.net then answer the following questions in the blog comments below.



Which character in the monologues is most like you?


What character is most like you Free Acting School Part 7


When you pick a character, ask yourself the following:

What do you like about the character?

What is similar between you and that character?

Do you know someone else who is like the character?

Do you have a personal experience that helps you understand this character?

Think about why the character is the way he/she is. What made them the way they are? Make up a "back story" or history of the character. Where did they come from? What do they like and dislike? How old are they? What do they dress like?

I once heard an actor say they always decide what that character might have for breakfast and that helps them figure the character out.

There are no wrong answers. The important thing is to learn as much as possible about the character before performing the character.

Post in the comments below your answers to the questions above.

You must then respond to another actor in the blog discussion below.  Your interactions MUST be positive :) ***

ACTING TIP FROM STELLA ADLER: "The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind."
Post your replies to the above questions in the comments below.


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48 comments:

  1. the charecter i most liked is the captain from the "die and leave thee monoluge". because i can play the charecter alike me.
    no personal experience but a great mindset to play the part.

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  2. The characters I chose are most similar to my everyday lifestyles. I can definitely relate to them because they are more like my personality.

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  3. I chose the Big Bad Wolf. I like his honesty and vulnerability.
    Some similarities include, being judged, being misunderstood, wanting acceptance and sometimes, you just want to be heard.
    I do know a couple people like The Big Bad Wolf.
    I have personal experiences that help me understand him and relate better. It reminds me of Highschool and then later on in my early 20's.

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    1. I'm sure you'll do great as The Big Bad Wolf!!!

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  4. In Forget About Me, I identify with the character. Although I am not depressed and I do not experience severe emotions like she does, I understand the feeling of your siblings "outshining" you. I actually have heard how my brothers could've "done it better" or even how they "already did it better." I do not know anyone who truly identifies with Moira, as even I do not, but I'm sure that there are people out there.
    Moira's Story: I haven't read the play, but this is my best guess: Moira is a teenage girl with an older sister who her parents favor. She pretends to be all smiley and nice, letting the pain of never feeling good enough consume her from the outside in. She has friends, but they never REALLY understand her. She is more liked and more beautiful than she thinks.

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  5. I really liked the monologue End of hurting and Alien goo.Alien goo's captian is really comic and i'll have fun while doing it

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  6. I choose not perfect child.

    I like about her...I actually don't know why I like her, maybe because she remind me of myself.

    Similiar thing between her and me is that I'm kind of not perfect child too.

    No, just me.

    Yeah, a very good one.

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    1. I can also relate to Not Perfect Child, not because I am the golden child, but it's because I'm the eldest and when my parents harp on me for my behaviour, they don't do it to my younger siblings.

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    2. I relate to what you all are saying in I am the oldest and we really pave our own paths.Our siblings are usually the exact opposite of what we are and our parents usually expect different from us. Stay strong and good luck with your acting careers.

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  7. i really enjoyed the all of the acting jobs and feel that they all did a magnificent job.

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  8. Who I can relate more to is Gabi in Angel's Wings as I have had experiences where I thought I was with the right person and then got my heart broken that I wished bad things on them, but then always remember sometimes as how it used to be with them. Though I have never thought the people I've been with I was truly in love with, but I have seen it and have seen it being stripped away from that one person. And I also know someone who is just like Gabi.

    I can see Gabi being the person who eats bacon and eggs in the morning once a week, wearing a dress or a decent outfit that doesn't consists of ripped jeans and t-shirts that show off her stomach, she cannot eat sugar as she doesn't like it, she would be considered in her late 20s, early 30s.

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    1. Somehow I always post my things after you and I noticed that you're one of few here who really takes their to post their answers, which shows that you're really taking this seriously. It also seems that you can relate to this character a lot, which means that your performance will be great, hopefully I would be able to see it on youtube or something.

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    2. *takes their time to post their answers*
      sorry :)

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    3. It seems like you connect with Gabi in many ways. You seem like you will be able to play her and be great.

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  9. What I like about Jimmy from "Farting is Such Sorrow" monologue is that he is drunk and for actor that can be exciting thing to play, especially for the beginners, it may be hard as well, but I think that we should challenge ourselves in order to progress. Like Jimmy I'm not very close with my parents, it's not as extreme as in Jimmy's case, but still; like Jimmy (and Turk from "Hungry for Death" monologue) I also act driven by my emotions. Jimmy is nearly 17 and I'm 20, so I guess we are both teenagers. I don't drink like Jimmy does, but I know a lot of people like him. Someone close to me, just like Jimmy, found some bad friends and he has changed since then.
    Jimmy is nearly 18 years old drunk kid. He grew up with his alcoholic parents abused; he wasn't really close with his parents or anyone else so he distanced himself from everyone. fifth grade of elementary school he met some friends who introduce him into drinking and into life style of a "cool" teenage kid. As the problems at home wouldn't stop, he continued drinking and in time he found comfort in alcohol. In school he was becoming more and more popular, earning himself reputation of bad boy. He entered high school as this mysterious cool bad boy and it's only natural that he got himself attention from girls, one of which was Shelly. After a while they met and started dating, Shelly was Jimmy's new addiction and she kept him from drowning in alcohol; they were so much in love and Jimmy decided to give her ring as a promise that they would stay together forever. But Jimmy haven't replaced alcohol completely with Shelly, as the abusing and problems at home wouldn't stop, only growing, he continued drinking, slowly sinking in his addiction. When he got to second year of high school is when the play "Flowers in the Desert" starts. Jimmy likes his reputation of a cool kid (drinking involved) and he doesn't want to give up drinking because he doesn't want to come out as loser, but when he met Serge, who reasoned him, Jimmy decided to give up drinking for Shelly. Since Jimmy is cool bad and mysterious kid I see him in hoodies, T-shirt underneath it and black pants; with hood on his head, head down, hands in his pockets, but when he's drunk he's in mess.

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    1. Sounds like a great story. If I was male, I would definetely want to play such Jimmy carachter

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    2. Im excited to see you play this! I remember Denzel Washington saying the key is to act like you're trying to look sober not act drunk.

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    3. I'm actually looking forward to seeing you perform this! Really does sound like a great story.

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  11. I will say that neither of these characters are like me, but the kind girl from "Dance with the Wind" is obviously closer to me than a murderer haha
    The biggest thing I like about her is that she is not afraid, she thinks she is stronger than the power of destruction, because she can heal.
    The main similarity between us is this unbreakable strength and optimism, which I'm actually known for in my friends circle.
    Honestly, I know a few very kind people, but none with such an inner strength.
    I've had a personal experience with bullies, when I tried to protect a little girl from an old big bad man. I stood up for her, called for help, though he left before anyone has arrived.
    So, this girl, or a young women, to be exact, was just an ordinary student. She wore pretty dresses and studied well. Until one day she gained some superpower. But she was rejecting it at first, because she considered herself too soft to be a hero. Then this wind came, and destroyed everything around. That's how she realized that she is the one to protect the people by healing everything.
    "I once heard an actor say they always decide what that character might have for breakfast and that helps them figure the character out" - great technique! I can vividly imagine her being a vegeterian and saving the nature!

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  12. I love "End the hurt". It shows someone in pain because other person is hurting, but also, shows he/she has the power to make the pain stop for him/herself <3

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  13. In the monologue call me dumper i can relate to Lane. I understand her point of view and how she sees life. even though she is not happy in her small town and the people she still sticks around and doesn't mind the way people pick on her. The similarity i have with her is that she does not care about what others think of her to an extent. in beauty and perfection i really enjoy the way she sees her life and when things go not as she plans she wishes she could go back to when she wasn't born. I would love to perform that

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  14. Nell tries to cover up her feelings by not letting her boyfriend see that she is actually not okay with just being friends. She doesn’t want sympathy from anyone especially from the guy that just broke her heart. I like this character as she reminds me of myself. I don’t like showing my feelings to others, so I hide them away. Just like Nell, sometimes my emotions become so overwhelming that I just break down in tears. Shelly on the other hand has low self esteem and so do i. she tries to make herself stronger by talking to herself in the mirror and I can sympathise with her on that. I have never had a break up so I have no idea about that aspect but I have got so overwhelmed before and my emotions have just run wild. I think shelly has had a lot of hurt in her life and a lot of unknown scenarios, therefore I think that she is scared of being hurt.

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    1. I can relate to this character as well! I think most of us women do :)

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  15. Never touch, the monologue from big nose
    Cyrano is the main character, there are a lot of similarities : i have a big nose,i am a cadet and my girl does'nt loves me back. This helps me to understand this character more closely.my experience relates to his. He's around my age and is heartbroken and pretty sad about his big nose .he's actually embrassed of it. He really loves roxy but is sad because things are not happening between them.
    As you said later he likes bread omellete in breakfast.

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  16. Sorry but none are most like me. I apologize I have my own likes, and I can't lie if I didn't like something. Though I'm sure they will be liked by many others. I just don't happen to be one of them. But as human beings, I'm sure they are superb.

    I know plenty other people like the character. I do not have any personal experience that significantly help me understand the character. I think what made them the way they are is current world leadership. They all shape future generations. I'm only 28 don't worry.

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  17. #1 The Not So Perfect Child.
    Unfortunately there have been times when I've felt exactly like the character. She is hurt, feels left alone and unworthy of anybody's love ad/or attention. Always comparing herself to others, her sister in particular. They have all ot takes, and she doesn't.
    I think most people at some point in their lives felt this way, and this is what I like about the character, it's real. She's no hero, no villain, no made up character, just an ordinary girl struggling with her self-esteem.
    If I were to guess why she's this way, I'd say she just was a bit unfortunate in life, maybe few bad things too many happened to her, maybe she has a bit of a "victim-syndrome". She's not necessarely and outcast, but she's suffering from depression and tends to alienate herself from the outside world.
    All things that I myself felt on my skin. i dilike the being a victim part though.

    #2 Kill First, Gloat Later
    Well, I use a lot of irony and cynicism, things this character doesn't lack. He's a villain tired of loosing to really silly plot holes. I'm sure anybody asked themselves "why is he/she waisting so much time explaining the plan?!" while reading a book or whatching a play/film. Well, this is finally the moment villains get their Revenge with their NOT-revealed master plan!

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  18. The character in the monolgue I chose is most like my best friend and how she feels. Depressed. I can almost relate to the charactet

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  19. The similarities between me and the wolf in "Brainwashed Freaks" is I do feel that domesticated animals in zoos have learned to happily live in cages. The Wolf believes that wolves should be free and happy and not in cages. He is willing to die to save others also because when he hears that the hunters are close, he decides to be a sacrifice to distract them so that they don't also get the other animal he is speaking to. I think he is young maybe early to mid twenties. That's the usual age of revolutionaries..
    In "A Thing for Nerds" I'm similar to her in that I like those who like me lol. She likes nerds mostly because of the love and affection and positive attention they show her. She came to love nerds after realizing that other categories of men such as jocks and pretty boys wouldn't give her the time of day.

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    1. Really strong description. As I have chosen the same monologue, I am looking forward to watch your acting. Good luck.

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  20. Nell and I are both the kind of people who have walls up, and don't trust people as easily. Nell said she didn't want o get close to anyone and it reminded me of how I feel that way because I'm afraid that if I let someone get close to me I'm basically inviting them to break my heart.
    I also feel like Lane's character is almost like me in the sense that we both find this strange kind of happiness with one thing and we can't find it anywhere else.

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  21. The characters I chose (Shelly in Beauty and Perfection & Ashley in Blessing in disguise) expressed varieties of emotions and i'd love to see me do that too.

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  23. Cassandra and Lane are the most like me, i'd have to say.

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  24. I think Cyril from the "Go Home" monologue is most like me, because he genuinely wants to do something good but feels held back by something. I like his character because he's a man who wants to be a hero. I really think me and Cyril are very alike, in the monologue, because I can remember so many times I really wanted to help people (running for political office, etc), or other things, and I was never able to go after those things because of constant limitations/barriers/walls of life that prevent me from doing so. But each time I fail I get more determined to see the next thing through. I can't say I really know anyone else who is like him. They're either currently in, or were in the military, and feel a sense of duty from their father who was also in the military. But their whole life, they wanted to be a hero. In kindergarten or first grade, they were the kid who said that they wanted to be a cop when they grew up. They've always dreamed of being a hero. By the monologue I'd also say they are young, probably in their 20s somewhere. A man who wants to be something more than themself.

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  25. Lesson 7: The Two characters I liked most were Bay From Happy With a Failure and Mezmero in Kill First Gloat Later.I feel both monologues were well performed.Part 1 of my answer for Lesson Seven is why I like Bay in Happy With A Failure.I like Bay for the same reason I connect with him.His life and his decisions in life are not about himself,it is always about what is better for others.He always put his desires on the back burner to please others. Then one day he said enough is enough and decided he wanted to chase his dreams. He would rather fail at what he desires then regret never trying and disappointing himself.I feel the same about acting as Bay felt about rock music.I have always wanted to act and have always loved the theatre but my decisions to put others first and do what was expected left me with a void and a desire to fill. Can I act,could I be successful at acting not knowing was eating at me.I am in my forties but I would guess Bay is in his late twenties or early thirties and dresses as an orchestra boy should but then when he is away from every one else he dresses like he is in a metal band. I have known lots of people who made decisions that put them down a path other then the one they desire but very few come back.Just because Bay had all the advantages a probably middle lasses family could afford like me he will not be happy until he knows success or failure with his passion.
    Part Two is why I like or connect to Mezmero in Kill First Gloat Later .The truth is he is a lot like most people or managers with a good work ethic me included.We like to take charge and make it happen,and it doesn't matter if your an older more experienced villain in a bad costume or a twenty something at your first job.It also doesn't not matter if you are from a well to do family or a broke one.It also doesn't matter if you had a bad child or you just saw my prosper from being a villain in such a corrupt society. Our Villain probably was he latter but it just does not change the fact you have to act first and discuss the outcome later.When ever you manage a situation you live with the outcome of your decisions good or bad but procrastination can get you in trouble like the good guy in this story.Mezmero shows the importance of not being lazy and doing what needs to be done NOW!

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  26. The two monologues I chose were Angel's Wings from Midnight of the Soul and A Thing From Nerds from the play My William Shatner Man Crush. The thing I like about both characters I like is their honest. I feel like the similar thing between me and Gabi from Angel's Wings is that we're both very trusting people. I don't really think their is anything similar between me and Jenny from My William Shatner Man Crush. I know a person who is like Gabi. They would do anything to get a second chance to be with the person that got away. Gabi is a divorced woman who comes from Seattle. She likes to try different things with food and cooks breakfast though she never eats it. She only eats fruit for breakfast. She dresses very conservatively. Jenny is a teenager. She likes games and watching movies a lot. She doesn't hate school. She probably dresses in a t-shirt and jeans. I feel like she would have cereal for breakfast.

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  27. My chosen characters are The little pirate and the wolf. I think the little pirate is most like me. I imagine that he is the same age as me and somewhere deep down in my heart I also want to have pirate adventures at last once in my life. So this monologue gave me the opportunity to dream about my own sea adventures.

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