Characterization Chart

Character’s Name: Sex: Age: Physical appearance (body type, hair, eyes, facial features, dress, posture, movements, mannerisms, speech): Personal history that may influence motivation (education, religion, family, early childhood experiences, financial situation, profession, marital status, other relationships, habits, surroundings/environment, health): The inner person (distinctive personality traits, self-image, yearnings/dreams, fears/apprehensions, sense of humor, code of ethics, attitudes): Other details (hobbies, favorite foods, colors, books, music, art): Positive traits: Negative traits (character flaws): Why is important for this character to have these traits/attitudes … Learn More →

Characterization Exercises

“Interview” your character to gauge attitude. Pretend he or she is sitting across from you. Ask, “What do you think about life?” Then take down a monologue, as quickly as it pours out of your imagination, expounding in the character’s voice what the answer is. Watch the evening news for five nights. Each night pretend you are a completely different character. Write or record your verbal reactions as that character. (Note: improvisation, a skill taught in acting classes, is a … Learn More →