TRICK or TREAT
Let your Inner Cast come out to play!
Tool from “Awakening the Actor Within”
We are afraid of 2 things: 1) owning our power and 2) being the “bad guy.”
I have 2 conflicting characters who dwell in me: one is “Orphan Boy” (a sensitive weakling like Oliver Twist) and the other is “Dude” (a ruthless, Hollywood A-hole type). And the two of them often put up a fight as to how my show is run. Orphan Boy tends to wish to run and hide, while Dude wants to put everyone down and stab them in the back. But I usually fall somewhere in the middle as I negotiate between these opposing fellas.
Your inner cast members can also be used at those quick auditions as you can easliy adopt one of them instead of creating a full characctrer from scratch. Or you can create a character based around one of them and use the “I remember…” writing exercise to create a one person show or Tik Tock videos.
So, Name YOURS.
How do the help you? How do they hamper you?
Task: Dress up as one of your “Inner Cast”
Task: Make paper dolls based on your “Inner Cast”
Task: Do the following monologue as one of your “Inner Cast”
Acting Practice Monologue
(The NOUN to be filled in will be the character you are playing: mother, brother, waitress, director, student, priest, etc.)
I don’t know why you expect so much. What more do you want? What else can I do? I’m here. I’m here with you. What else can I do that I’m not doing? What is it? I can’t make it out. You don’t tell me yet—you want. You want. But I don’t know what it is that you want. What is it? Do you want it? Do you? You don’t know what it is I’m talking about, do you? You don’t, do you? And yet you sit there and you want, you want, you want. And I stand here, and I don’t know what it is that you want. I stand here, don’t I? At least I’m here. I’m here with you. Look? See? Your (FILL IN NOUN) is here.
Right here, see? Two arms, two legs, and only one head just like everybody else. Yet you want. I feel that tug in you. Where do you want me? What do you want of me? Backward and forward, you want!
That’s what you wanted? That’s all you wanted. Cry? That’s too easy. You can’t get out of it that way. It’s another trick to get me off track. I’m going to find out if it takes me the rest of my life. I’m going to find out what it is you want. Do you hear me? I’m going to find out if it takes me the rest of my life, the rest of my life.
Author of "Awakening the Actor Within"