We’ve all been there before: You submit for a role that you might be interested in. Then you get the audition invite- but when you get invited to come to a casting session, and open up the character sides, you’re not entirely clear how to approach the role.
If you can’t connect with a role sometimes- it’s not your fault. After all you’re just getting a small snippet of the script, which may or not be that illustrative of your character’ true nature. So in times like this, it’s important to start developing a back-story for your character.
What’s a back-story? It’s a fictional narrative about your character’s former experiences and life history- things that may have happened to your character that shaped his or her current personality.
Having a back-story can be very helpful, and will allow you to take a 2-dimensional personality, and turn it into a 3-dimensional personality that has undergone a series of formative experiences that now inform your current performance, and now affect the evaluation of all witnessing your performance in the casting room during your audition.
So the next time you’re preparing for a casting call, or the next time you’re nervous about stepping into a casting room, try creating a back-story- especially when the side are vague and non-revealing.