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Exercises you can do at home – Character Fantasy #4

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This is part four of my blog from the last few months. 

I get asked frequently about acting exercises that an actor can do at home. For the past few months, I’ve shared some here. If you want to review them, check out my last 3 months of blogs.  I covered the Three Phone Call Exercise, The Lost Object Exercise, the Personal Fantasy, and this month I’ll share the Character Fantasy Exercise.

Maybe you’re in between classes, you want to do some extra work, or you just want to explore and stretch yourself in the privacy of your home without being watched and judged.  Or maybe you’re curious and want to see and experience what actors do and try an exercise or two.  Doing these exercises is a good way to work on specifics, details, activity of doing, and imagination. Here is a fourth exercise that you can do on your own. Take your time and discover your way.

There are two types of this exercise:

The Personal Fantasy Exercise and the Character Fantasy Exercise.  Last month I spoke about the Personal Fantasy, this month is the Character Fantasy. They are slightly different.

Exercises at Home #4 – CHARACTER FANTASY 

ONE PERSON

This is another exercise in imagination and imaginary circumstances.

In this exercise, you are imagining you are somewhere, alone.  

CHARACTER FANTASY

In this fantasy, you are actually playing a character, and being the character.  You decide where the place is and what is happening.

Examples of a Character Fantasy:

            You’re an inmate in jail.

            You’re an FBI agent ready to go on a dangerous case.

            You’re a drug addict on drugs somewhere.

            You’re a cop getting ready to commit a crime in your apt.

            You’re a prostitute in a lawyer’s office waiting to speak to a lawyer.

Get creative, and make this person alive. Give them a strong point of view. What are the feelings, the attitude, how does he/she feel and what are they are about to do, or what they have already done. Dress the part.

If you want to do this with a friend, have them enter and have them play a character as well.  Both of you can get lost in the fantasy of your two characters interacting.  Be creative - example: a doctor entering an inmate’s cell.

In both this and the personal fantasy, make strong choices, give these people lives, with strong points of view, feelings, needs and wants. 

Keep your imagination alive!  I’ll end with another of my favorite quotes.

“Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live”  - Anonymous.

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Fran Montano

Fran Montano - is the owner and Artistic Director of The Actors Workout Studio, located in the NoHo Arts District for nearly 30 years. It is one of the longest running small, intimate theaters and Acting Schools in the Los Angeles area. AWS was created to being a “home” for aspiring and working actors were the work not only includes classes and training, but personal coaching, career planning, networking, showcasing, and regular performing.  His students range from beginning actors, accomplished actors who work regularly in film, television, and stage, as well as numerous working directors and writers. His style is on an individual basis and in his small, intimate classes, it’s like working with a private coach.  His reputation is in finding and breaking actors blocks   Fran’s background as an actor, in producing, directing and theater makes him an excellent resource for actors in Los Angeles, in finding their way both in their talent, and promoting their career. Visit www.actorsworkout.com for more information and a schedule of classes and productions

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  • Comment Link Jan prakken Friday, 03 May 2019 06:53 posted by Jan prakken

    Dear mr montano,

    My name is Jan, i’m 16 years old and I live in Holland. Since a while i became interested In acting, and I found out that I love to do it. Although we have a great theatre group at my school, my friends and many people at my school consider this as something stupid. After thinking a while I decided that I’m going to join the group next year, despite what people say. Meanwhile I am trying to practise a bit at home, and because of that I came on your website for the ‘acting exercises at home’. I really like it, but it feels kind off weird to do these exercises alone at home. I’m not really telling people that I want to become an actor because they might start laughing then, so I am acting a bit ‘secretly’ right now. Can you give me some advice about my situation?

    With kind regards,

    Jan Prakken

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