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Thinking and Character Development

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about life and how the human psyche works.  Mostly I’ve been reading TV reviews because I love the analysis and break-down of characters.  Reading reviews is new for me.  I used to avoid them at all costs because I thought they were dumb and a waste of my time.  They’ve somehow grown on me without my knowledge or consent.  I’m currently a fan of  “It’s Just About Write”.  Largely in part because of Jenn, who writes reviews for “New Girl” and that’s my current TV show obsession.  I also love her character breakdowns.

Becuase of my love and respect for acting the reviews along with watching the actual show is an enjoyable process.  There’s something to be said about the talent and thought that goes into writing and breaking down a character.  It’s not easy.  People are complex, broken, and beautiful, and if you know what you’re doing, proper development can be magic on screen.

I give a lot of credit to writers who are able to write magic and actors who are able to successfully grasp their character through the writing.  I understand why it’s such a sought-after career path.  Learning about and understanding people is addictive, and it allows you to become more aware of yourself.

As I sit in the San Francisco airport on my way back to Los Angeles I can’t help but observe and judge what’s going on around me.  The more you observe the more likely you are to notice the little things that make a person who they are.  How they hold their phone depending on the conversation, the way they talk when they’re excited or annoyed.  Some people hold back their emotions, they’re usually the ones who fidget the most during a conversation.

I imagine that this is how the best TV and movie writers gather their inspirations.  By sitting in airports and coffee shops watching the world around them.  Making notes of the little things that people do.  How they hold their fork, how their facial expression changes when their meal arrives, their interactions with friends and co-workers.

My desire is to start living life through the eyes of a TV and movie writer.  By becoming more observant and aware I will, in turn, be more present and fulfilled with daily life.

Stay tuned…

 

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