Sunday, May 17, 2015

What character is most like you? Free Acting School Part 4 - 2015 edition

Free Acting School from D. M. Larson - Part 4 of the Freedrama.net Free Acting School

Now it is time to prepare yourself to act. Below are some scripts by D. M. Larson.  Read the following scripts and decide which character you can relate to the most:

Only Children Believe in Butterflies http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2014/12/only-children-believe-in-butterflies.html

Forever on Hold http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2014/12/forever-on-hold-comedy-monologue-for.html

The Barn http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-barn-free-short-monologue-for-male.html

Sunset Princess http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/01/sunset-princess-female-solo-monologue.html

Nervous http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2014/12/nervous-female-monologue-from-upcoming.html

Double Rainbow http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/05/double-rainbow-short-monologue-for-kids.html

The Sunday Gamble http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-sunday-gamble-free-monologue-for.html

Farting is Such Sweet Sorrow http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/01/farting-is-such-sweet-sorrow-short.html

Demons http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/04/demons-popular-dramatic-monologue-for.html

I Hate Buffets http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2014/12/i-hate-buffets-free-dramedy-monologue.html

Tearing Me Apart http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/04/tearing-me-apart-female-monologue-solo.html

Which character in the monologues is most like you?

What character is most like you Free Acting School Part 4


When you pick a character, ask yourself the following:

What do you like about the character?

What is similar between you and that character?

Do you know someone else who is like the character?

Do you have a personal experience that helps you understand this character?

Think about why the character is the way he/she is. What made them the way they are? Make up a "back story" or history of the character. Where did they come from? What do they like and dislike? How old are they? What do they dress like?

I once heard an actor say they always decide what that character might have for breakfast and that helps them figure the character out.

There are no wrong answers. The important thing is to learn as much as possible about the character before performing the character.

Post in the comments below your answers to the questions above.

You must then respond to another actor in the blog discussion below.  Your interactions MUST be positive or you will be disqualified from taking the class and will NOT be considered for a paid position as an online monologue performer for Freedrama.

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ACTING TIP FROM STELLA ADLER: "The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind."
Post your replies to the above questions in the comments below.

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On to Part 5 - http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/05/selecting-two-contrasting-monologues.html

Back to Day 1 - http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/05/free-acting-school-for-2015-part-1.html

172 comments:

  1. I felt I really connected with Fuchsia in Sunset Princess as you can have all the expensive things but still don't feel satisfied and certain moments that happen like the sunset can be special or magical and I also feel that free natural beauty is much better than expensive stuff like jewellery. That is why I connected with her. I like that even though she has it all she doesn't seem stuck up and rude but appreciates life and the things in it.

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    1. Good analysis of the character

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    2. I liked her too! She appreciates what she does have, yet longs for freedom.

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    3. I agree with you but my favorite was Jamie because her passion and the way she described things was amazing.

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    4. Yeah agreed. Freedom from her caged life that she is currently in.

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    5. I completely agree with what you said about her character.

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    6. I totally love this character! She has an awesome imagination. In ways I'm connected to her as well. Great analysis of the character.

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    7. excellent breakdown of that character, I completely agree that she fits that character trope.

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    8. I connect with her as well. And her seeking for freedome and I think your analyse is well done

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    10. I liked the person in forever on hold because he/she tells you about the reality of phones.I am forever on hold a lot too.My sister is like that too.No. Also I think all of the characters are great.

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    11. yea,when it comes to holding on phones a minutes seems like forever.What about when your pone drops the call?

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    12. I connected with Fuchsia too. Great analysis! It's like I was reading about myself! I felt a lot of similarities with her.

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  2. i am more like denzel in man on fire tough and same time emotional that what it connects me to him.i am tough and same time i am emotional too.

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    1. Which of the monologues listed above do you connect with?

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  3. Though I'm no longer a child age-wise, I connected most with Layla in "Rainbows". Partly because I still have a childlike enthusiasm for all things bright and sparkly, and also because she reminds me of one of my nieces and her love for nature.

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    1. that is so sweet! I still have a 6 years old me in me and I felt coonnected with her too. Don't you never lose that child, no matter how old you are! :)

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    2. Layla has a great childlike spirit - well said.

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    3. I loved the character from demons. It was such a dramatic scene for a dramatic person like me! The backstory was probably about a person who has been down a long painful path of hurt. It was very good

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    4. I think having childlike enthusiasm is a great way in correlation with creativity and it's an awesome trait to have make somebody lovable very friendly

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    5. I completly agree, everyone has their childish side and that's what people can really relate too.

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  4. Emily (Only children believe in butterflies) is an only child. She grew up with imaginary friends who kept her company, but when she grew older society said that was not normal. She might say she doesn’t want to see ghosts but that’s what she was taught to say. She wants to see them, because she believes that one day she will see her mother among them. She is a professional daydreamer and a very relaxed person. She likes taking her pillow in her arms, opening the window and staring the colors of the sky when she wakes up. She is always thinking ‘’what if I packed my stuff and left now that my mom is still asleep?’’ but she stays. She then gets out in her balcony and shares her breakfast with her neighbor, a 7 years old boy who is a victim of domestic violence and begged her not to say anything to anyone because he heard his mom saying they need the money. Emily is a thoughtful person, she really is. She used to take care of herself. She tried to hairstyle her beautiful ,long ,chocolate brown hair, dressed nicely and went to school. She used to be really funny and sarcastic and had a small group of friends she adored. She was sneaking out every Saturday and went to parties. Not anymore. She cut her hair and donated it, she wears anything that’s clean, she barely speaks and the last place she snuck out to go to was her 7 years old neighbor’s funeral. So, one day she didn’t just think of ‘’what if I left’’ but she actually did it. Because her mom was asleep forever. They found her the next day and put her back in the mental clinic. She doesn’t know she is suffering from psychosis. She is really afraid of dark and being alone, so she hides in her closet to see her mom but demonic creatures visit her and scare her so much she has to run out screaming and hide under her bed covers. In the morning she has already forgotten about it and keeps going on just like a normal person. She is convinced doctors want to take her ‘’power’’ and she’s really aggressive towards them. She is also suffering from panic attacks and is suicidal. In her eyes you can only see her mother burning down in flames. And with my eyes I can see how much me and Emily are alike. Cancer took my uncle this year and I have been just like that. Only that I was hoping I could see ghosts, but luckily as I now understand, couldn’t. One time, my whole family was out and I was left alone in the house and I had the biggest panic attack ever. I started crying all of the tears I was holding back and screaming and I couldn’t breathe and it is clear from her monologue that she is suffering from them too. At the part where she was yelling at the Doctor I smiled, because I would have used the exact same words in a situation like that. I used to be very aggressive but as time goes by and I am accepting life goes on, I have become way more relaxed than I was before. I do believe in butterflies but Emily is one and sooner or later she is going to fly so high, she will reach her mother’s star.

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    1. Outstanding analysis! You really dug deep in to the character and built a whole background and history. Excellent work!

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    2. Wow, you did an amazing job here. Guess it's incredible the analysis you made for that character

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    3. thank you so much for your good words! both of you!

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    4. Very very good funky! I was inspired by your post to make my post. You felt this character and related. What I like about your post is you expressed yourself. You opened up to us and that is not easy. It is the level of skin an actor must peel off. It's hard to be vulnerable. In society we are taught to build a wall and protect our selves. I appreciate your emotions and honest. Great character work!

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    5. Great analysis! This is perfect!

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    6. I can tell you are going to go far in life. Not only could you bring this character to life but you really narrowed down the back story. Gave the characters a past and a present life,with feeling and emotion.
      You made it to where the character is better understood. :) Congratts this is great!

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    7. Wow, you've gone into so much detail here. Well done. Great imagination and insight into the character and their background. You've really tried to understand why they are the way they are.

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    8. Amazing analysis of the character!!! Seriously!!

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    9. Your one of the few that I have seen that actually did what was asked. Bravo !!!! Very impressive work, I hope to be able to read more of your work in the future. I am confident that you will go on to be a great success!

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    10. Wow, your analysis on the character gives them fruition of form, sustenance, really makes them believable. I see you going far my friend, best of luck.

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    11. I think it's great how dedicated you were to this assignment. You looked inside yourself to really show you could relate. I would love to see you do a monologue. I know you could make the character believable and real.

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    12. I absolutely love the way you broke this character into pieces. Great job!

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    13. I love how you took your time and put in a lot of effort and I love the details. :)

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    14. THAT. WAS. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    15. Great analysis. Very detailed and to the point. I Can identify with the character as well. You bring out details that would make me want to see your performance.

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    16. such a great analyze!!!! I love it!!!!

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    17. I have to admit that this inspired me to make my analyze of character I chose :)

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  5. I chose the narrator of "Forever on Hold".
    I felt really connected to that person, because omg it always happens the same to me, and also my mum always calls her phone company and ends so angry, just as the character, so that's why I can understand him.
    Probably he was just angry with his cpmany, and every time he called them, it happened the same, anybody answered him or gave them on hold, I guess that's what happens to all of us all the time lol. Also, I think it was so fun to read and felt so connected to it :D

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    1. It's a great monologue for showing a range of emotions like anger and frustration but do it in a humorous way - having the personal connection to it makes it even a better choice - good work.

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    2. I can totally agree you could be on hold forever even if it was for something so little like checking on an account.I do believe that they end up forgetting and i doubt that there's that many people calling at the exact same time.

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    3. I can relate. Every time I need to call someone this happens. They say one moment please and then 10 minutes later your talking to someone that has no idea what you want. Then a few hours later you just give up. That has happened to me.

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  6. I read all the monologs. I really liked Forever on hold because I can relate. I hate typing in all that info, then having to turn around and tell the person(s) the exact same thing all over again. It's frustrating.

    I also liked Sunday gamble. I can imagine an Italian guy or a white doing this. An Al Bundy type. Or a female could do this too. A lady from Boston. I think that would be funny. Like Rachel Drach from SNL when she played the Boston teens Denise "Zazu" McDenna. I can see this person eating a foot long, wearing the teams jersey.

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    1. I like your ideas for the look of the Sunday Gamble character - the look can certainly add to the comedy.

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    2. I agree with you on the whole Italian guy nice work.

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  7. I'm more like layla from double rainbow.I felt as if it was my inside feeling during some day and we connect.I have sat somewhere and just looked at a rainbow no reason other than it's a calming view.It's true anyone can see a rainbow and i believe that.

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    1. Rainbows are very peaceful - and that's the kind of connection you want to make to a character - find some common ground with the character you can understand.

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    2. Comparing, yourself to these characters and finding similarities I think creates them within yourself, making your performance more characterized and bringing the best of you!

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  8. Jamie in "Tearing Me Apart"

    What do you like about the character?

    The characters stride for important change in her life. Devulging deep emotions and pain from something dramatic. It's a life crisis event. This character can be any body. Could be a child or adult. This could be a boy or a man. Could be a girl or a woman. This character is everone every where at any time. That is what I like about this character.

    What is similar between you and that character?

    I think at times we all wished on a star. Life is ever evolving. It isn't always what we want. Life is full of positive and negative events. People come in and out of our lives and that's the fact of life. Some parts of life are out of our control. We may not agree or disagree but must learn to accept and move on.

    Do you have a personal experience that helps you understand this character?

    Wishing on a star. I would sit up at night at times during the fall or winter when the skies are clear and moon is bright. I'd make a wish for better things.

    Think about why the character is the way he/she is. What made them the way they are? Make up a "back story" or history of the character. Where did they come from? What do they like and dislike? How old are they? What do they dress like?

    She doesn't like her life and it's affecting her in every way. Probably even at school or at work. She has no control over the situation and that's why this character places a wish on stars. It's the characters sense of control in an uncontrolable situation.

    The character feels they have no purpose in life. A sort of void or emptiness that can't be filled. The character has no answers but wants change so badly. This person is in intense emotional stress but hides it well. Thinks no one is listening or want's to listen. It appears the character has no one to talk to or is afraid to speak out. Is embarrassed to express themselves.

    The character doesn't dress to impress. Usually, jeans and tennis shoes. Obviously communication is lacking. Probably something taught or use to from growing up in a single parent house hold. This void is something that has been there a while.

    This is a young woman, thin, blonde straight hair, short. The type of girl next door. Is a home body and has very few friends. Shy and walks with her eye's to the ground.

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    1. I've wondered if this could work for a male as well. It would be interesting to see how it plays with a male.

      Outstanding analysis! You did some wonderful digging into this character and understood her very well. Nicely done.

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    2. I love the way you phrased your thoughts on Jamie. I never thought Jamie could be a guy but yes, his/her problems can be faced by anyone from any corner of the world. Great job! :)

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    3. I agree that this monologue could be for a man. I personally don't feel the extreme sorry this character feels of hardly being able to get up in the morning. I think this is a very sad person. But, like you said, I can totally see this character being a male or female who is old or young.

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    4. Your though process for this was very developed and thought provoking. I could easily see a man doing this, as this is something any person could relate to at any given stage of their life. We all feel that sense of inadequacy at one point or another.

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  9. to me seems like turk..he seem like me...scare to put people in danger..but he must of made a demon pact at some point of his life... he is frighten and worried about the demons getting people close to him... he like my character Reno i made up...but differer back story..i think i under stand turk well :)

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  10. I choose the Sunday gumble. Johnn tries to have a conversation with God when he knows he needs something. Somehow I think I am that kind of character. When am with someone I live with them as my close friends but the moment we part I lack what to talk about with them. Even my relatives, I can stay for a long time without a talk or even a phone call not because I hate them but that is me that is my character. When I need something be sure I will ask without even feeling guilty of anything and I really do expect to get. And when I decide with it I do whole hearted. John is like me, in that character he has brought my character trait straight forward. I could not have brought out it any better.Though am a female me and him we are alike.
    in that monologue i cant struggle anything because it is something i av been doing all along.

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  11. Jamie in Tearing me apart.

    What do you like about the character?

    I like that she is trying so hard for this change and isn't giving up no matter how long it is taking.

    What is similar between you and that character?

    We both need a change. A change so big it will change it lives. We also are very determined to make this change. We both feel like we aren't meant fit the life we're living. She feels like she doesn't belong.

    Do you know someone else who is like the character?

    Not really. All of my friend just go with the flow. They don't want to make their own patch. They try something once, and if if doesn't happen right away, they give up.

    Do you have a personal experience that helps you understand this character?

    Yes. Every night, I make a wish on a star, at 11:11, in wishing wells, for *I can't say* but it's finally starting to cone true.

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  12. Jamie- Tearing Me apart.

    I relate tp this character because I myself am I wisher. I make a wish every time 11:11 hits, see a shooting star, or even at wishing wells.
    Jamie is a daydreamer. Hopeful that her life won't a;ways be this way. Hard, and at times tough to deal with. Every time she looks to the sky and makes that wish, it may not be answered right away. But it's out there in the cosmos and when the cosmos finally answer back It will be glorious. She won't give up on her life. She can't. She's made it this far, with every one always doubting her beliefs and well, one day she will prove them all wrong. So what if she's a daydreamer. You can't succeed unless you have at least one almost unreachable dream, right? Her shot and chance are out there. She has many friends, but most of them don't realize just how much she goes through on a daily basis. Perhaps her mom is an alcoholic and her father is always at work. The stars are always there, no matter the weather, the time, the mood. They are there. Even though it seems like people are there for her, they aren't really there. Unlike the stars. A place where your dreams finally seem reachable. Out there in the cosmos waiting for a chance to prove them all wrong. That day will come, she can almost count on it.

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  13. I can relate to Jamie Moira from 'Tearing Me Apart' the most. She is a daydreamer and a thinker, just like me. I happen to do a lot of things she say like wishing on the stars and believing in 'lucky pennies'. She seems to be someone who seeks opporunities to live her life better and that's probably why she is a big dreamer. She also fears about living a 'half-lived' life but the fear is 'cippling' her. I can also relate to Johnny from 'The Sunday Gamble' a little. I find the way they wish for their lives to work out similar (to mine, too) but Jamie is more driven as she wants to make her life better whereas Johnny just wants to escape trouble he's facing at the moment and I like that about her. At this point, she probably doesn't know how she would reach her success but she knows she wants to. I faced a similar problem some time last year when I found myself in a difficult situation where everything I did ended up badly and I almost lost hope. So, I feel like Jamie is my younger self and I would tell her that things would get better eventually for her, just like I wish I could for me.

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  14. I felt I really connected with Fuchsia in Sunset Princess as you can have all the expensive things but still don't feel satisfied I mean some people are rich and still don't be thankful , there are a lot of people out here in the world that are living on the streets and are trying to survive. and I love the way you explained your character *smiles*

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  15. I Hate Buffets
    I don't hate buffets but I am not the most adventurous eater. I have fussy taste. I have been to buffets and eaten very happily but only when they had plain, boring food such as chips or egg-fried rice (I love egg-fried rice). I also hate the idea of other peoples germs - especially in my food but fortunately I do not suffer from OCD and I can actually forget the possibility that children may have stuck their hands in the food or someone didn't like what they picked up so they stuck it back - okay so I don't forget about it completely but I don't obsess over it. I try to get over that and just eat it. I like this characters honesty. They appear very up front about their feelings which I can relate to.
    I imagine this character as an introvert and not very confident or sociable but when asked they speak their mind honestly. They spend more time studying in the library than hanging out with friends. I imagine them sitting in a buffet restaurant watching the other customers as they collect their food and thinks to himself 'Why are they getting so much? How can they eat all that? I hope they're not planning on putting that back now they've touched it!" while he sits with his small portion of rice, chips and some vegetables. I imagine his home-life is not the happiest. His mother is a single-parent and struggles to keep a job and keep a stable relationship with her children which along with the fact that his father left has left him less confident and an introvert. He is not very happy staying at home so is working hard in school so that he can leave home and have a good chance in college. He studies science and maths. He hasn't got any close friends but doesn't struggle talking to some 'geekier' guys at school however the popular crowd are a different matter. He doesn't think he has a chance with any of the girls in school because he is a 'geek' and not popular but the girls actually think he's quite cute but are too shy to tell him and worried about what other people with think of them going out with a 'geek'.

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    1. I really like the mental image you've created for this character. He sits alone at buffets with "his small portion of rice, chips, and some vegetables" and doesn't talk to anyone. Why does even go there?! I'm immediately interested in that character. Great job creating something I want to know more about.

      I would suggest playing around with the bounds of his introversion. In the script he scolds another person's child and threatens them, which I think is very bold. Perhaps he can even be rude or outspoken sometimes when instigated on particular subjects. Just something to think about to give the character more depth.

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    2. This was going to be my original choice....I like how you explained the character...made for a great way to see how you perceived the character. Nice job!

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  16. I think I am similar to Layla in Double Rainbow. She hoped for a double rainbow and she kept hoping till there was actually a double rainbow. I am hopeful and I never lose hope in what I believe in.

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  17. I'm similar to Jonny in the Sunday gamble. What made them the way they are? Sarcastic features, mother and father issues like disappointment. Selfish values with woman and life decisions, stupid ambition and brains. He was born in the country, Alabama. What did they like and dislike? They liked football, family, winning, school detention, saracstic jokes and a higher calling. Disliked cheese, loosing, home sick with no one around, friends going out without him, being a good good fearing person. Johnny is in high schoo, 18 years old. They dress with shorts, baseball cap, t shirt, good luck charm, long socks and sneakers. Loves a good baseball glove.

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  18. I actually connected with Emily in Only Children Believe In Butterflies right off the bat. Even though it's a female part, and I am not female, I felt like the majority of the emotional upheaval she's going through is universal. Or at least not gender specific. What I like about Emily is the innocence that is trying to break through. She cares and empathizes deeply with others, as evidenced by her sympathy with the girl that died. She's idealistic and believes in a greater good when she sees the stars. But there's a learned cynicism. She's been hurt and scared by people and the world in general. That's also what I can connect with as an actor to the character. I often feel like my innocence or childhood happiness has been buried to protect me and I can become angry, cynical, even maniac at times.

    Getting into the things I get to make up about the character, I will call the character Emit to make the role more relevant for myself. Emit's father died when he was very young. Even though he would never admit it, Emit is mad at his father because he feels abandoned. He latched on to his mother from then on, despite his mother being distant towards him. He feels like he's flying uncontrolled through a chaotic world with his mother as his only anchor. He comes from the East coast originally but travels around a lot. He loves to play music and has become very good at it. He isn't very keen on the outdoors and likes to stay inside for most of his time. He's 22 and dresses as well as he can on a shoestring budget.

    I think for breakfast, he'd prefer toast with peanut butter please.

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  19. Tearing me apart
    What do you like about the character?
    that she is young and hopeful
    What is similar between you and that character?
    we are both wishing for something that we don't want to loose
    Do you know someone else who is like the character?
    no

    Do you have a personal experience that helps you understand this character?
    yes, being hopeful everyday that my wish would come true
    Think about why the character is the way he/she is. What made them the way they are?this character has had many struggles in life but has taken refuge in a wish that she stays hopeful for it's fulfillment

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  20. Answer: “Forever Hold On”

    I find the character in this monologue almost a mirror of me…especially when having to deal with calling companies. Reading the reactions to the putting on hold and listening to the music and then having to press multiple numbers and then only to be transferred to the wrong area and then placed on hold again…AHHHHH. The reactions were so real. As most people…we have many things to handle in a day and to be placed on hold for an hour of your day seems like a lifetime when there are many things on your “TO DO LIST”. Then when being transferred to the wrong place and having to do everything all over again! Too funny…

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  21. Double rainbows -Layla what I like about this character is they have hopes and dreams what is similar I to have hopes and dreams it should be everyone everyone has hopes and dreams like Layla I have a happy place it may not be rainbows but it makes me happy what main Laila the way she is natural causes she is a goofball little girl who loves rainbow he came from Hawaii she likes rainbows and dislikes thunder she's ten years old she wears a joke t-shirts tutus and sandals

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    1. I felt most related to Jamie as well! I like the way that you relate yourself to this character and the way you understand her. I am also going through a lot of pain, but I believe we should be just like Jamie and never give up on our wishes and dreams, like Acting!
      I know you will find happiness.

      I'm not usually a person who uses whitty sayings but.. on the occasion I can throw one or two out there... here's one for you!

      "Every cloud has a silver lining"

      I hope that can mean something to you :) Don't give up!

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  23. I felt connected more with the characters from 3 monologues: Only children believe in butterflies(Emily), Sunset Princess(Fuchsia) and Nervous(Sue). The thing about the characters is that I've kind been in similar situations as they been so I believe that I could act better. I kinda feel what the character feels... I can hear the voice of the character in my head. I made their back stories in my head and I even know how they would look like.

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    1. If you connected to them, then u must have a really good personality because to me those people did when I pictures them

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  24. I feel connected to the character Jamie Moira in Tearing me Apart.

    Sometimes people go through tough patches and I myself am going through tough times now where I feel like Jamie. We are around the same age, so this makes it easier for me to relate to the character. I feel the pain tearing me apart at times, however I do one thing different and hide my pain sometimes. I think of her back story and can relate it to mine. Just like Jamie we wish for things to be better and dreams to come true. I am willing to work to making my wish come true. This is a truly beautiful monologue and this is the character I relate to the most.

    This exercise has allowed me to grasp the idea of "Connecting" to the character and finding some way to relate and create a back story which could help me portray the character in every way.

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    1. That was a great monolouge to connect to. I agree this exercise is helping with connecting to your character.

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    2. I agree this would have to be the second monologue I would have choosen, I really felt were the character was coming from about not giving up on hopes and dreams I myself Am going through a tough time with school and friends but we can't let that rule our life

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    3. I totally agree with your interpretation. This piece was so relatable in many ways than one. We all have wishes and a "planned out' life that we so badly want.

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  25. I feel more connected to Johnny from The Sunday Gambler. I like the fact that he goes to church and still love a good game of football. Even though I am girl I still love me a good game of football. My mom is also like Johnny to me.

    I imagine Johnny to be a 35 year old man with a beer belly. He hate going to church and love watching a football. When Johnny was little him and his dad use to play catch with his dad all the time. Every Sunday he would reluctantly go to church, but rush home to watch the football game with his old man. He became a star football player by the age of 9. By 17 every college football team wanted him. Then his father was killed by a man who robbed him, leaving Johnny and his mom alone. Since Johnny mom was not making a lot to live off of, so he lost his dream of becoming a famous football player and got a hard paying job to help out his mom. He married Sue, the church girl his mother wanted him to be with. Sue would try to make Johnny go to church but Johnny was in love with football. Soon the Superbowl was here. He had his money down for the Patriots. As the game started, it was already looking bad for them. He turned to god.

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  26. I think I'm more like Layla in Double Rainbow because I LOVE rainbows, I'm a Christian and the story behind rainbows makes me feel safe:-). The story is.. after the flood in the story of Noah's Ark, God put a rainbow as a Promise that he would never flood the whole earth again. When in see a rainbow it reminds me of his promise and it makes me feel a little closer to God, so I feel safe knowing that I'm being protected by him no matter where I'm at:-).

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  27. I really felt connected to Sue in nervous, I found that I could really relate to her in that situation. I personally care about my family so deeply and wouldn't know what I would do if something horrible happened to them, so I really did feel what Sue felt and knew where she was coming from.

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  28. I picked the character Jamie from "Tearing Me Apart".

    What did I like about Jamie?
    Well as I started reading the monologue, I felt connected to her as a person. She is smart, very beautiful yet she I underrated and not understood. Her best quality is her hope.

    What is similar between Jamie and I?
    I felt like Jamie and I were quite similar. She is a thinker and so am I. She is hoping and striving for something in her life to happen and so am with my acting. I do feel her pain towards the end of her monologue, which i can definitely relate to.

    Do I know someone like her?
    I think me and Jamie would have been very similar in a point in my life. In the past we were basically the same.

    Personal experience that hels me understand her more?
    Wel i went through year or so of just being sad and jtus in pain. I didn't tell anyone and waking everyday was a struggle. But I got it because of the support in my life. But I'm still working it. I feel like Jamie is crying out for help but no one is listening.

    Why is she the way she is? Back story. Likes and dislikes. Age. Dress.
    Well people are they way they are because of the experiences and obstacles they go through in life. And Jamie has been though alot and the people around her don't even notice. She strives to be a better person and achieve soemything great I her life. She wakes up each morning at 7 am. She looks around her room and the first thing she sees is her grandfathers clock that he gave her. She positioned it right across from her bed so thats the first thing she sees each day. The clock is covered in stars and so is her roof. It gives her peace each night before she goes to sleep. He always has an orange each morning. She absolutely loves them. She usually eatsnba slice of toast and a cup of strong dark black tea, to wake her up. Jamie can sit in the shower for hours just thinking about life. Contemplating every decision and each plan. Today she's wearing black leggings and a wooly long sweater that she bought a few weeks ago. She's a big fan of Doc Martins. She makes a habit of going to the wishing well each day. On her way there she stops at the store to get a granola bar. She always stops when she sees a peeny, they bring good luck to her. She's a quite Peron at first sight but she's full of emotion and thoughts. She's 17 and graduating soon. She is from a poor household but she doesn't want her life to be like that. She wakes up each day hoping that she can turn her life around and become a better person than anyone thinks she can be. She wants so badly to achieve her dreams, and she will.

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  29. Well...it is not an easy task for me to choose only one. I do not identify with the characters in the dramatic monologues, but do love them! The more dramatic, the better, so I am going to mention those I saw myself interpreting.
    I really ignore why I feel attracted to this type of pieces. It seems I can understand the character´s feelings...and enjoy them so much!

    One of my favourite is "Much madness". Dealing with so different emotions appeals to me.
    I imagine Janey is in her mid thirties, having had a very hard life. With no close relatives left and without friends, a life marked with loses and failures, she ended up in an asylum where she has a fairly normal behaviour until she finds herself alone with a professional. Of course, she is not pretending. That´s something absolutely clear for everybody, as clear as difficult to understand.

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  30. the character Turk in "demons" dramatic monologue I relate to him more than anybody because I feel that I'm always trapped in a shell and there's nothing I can do to and to escape it. I'm a very positive person by nature but sometimes you feel helpless to your surroundings and all you can do is sit and wait and hope that one day the gates that bind you will open. you know it'll only open if you make it

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  31. I felt like Jamie from tearing me apart was me. She is very smart and when I read it I pictured Jamie as me! I felt like I was connected

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  32. I am like the character in forever on hold because I deal like I completely agree with everything he says

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  33. I am most like Only Children Believe In Butterflies! She panicks a lot and I do to. She is just like me and I love the story its just amazing.

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  34. I connect with the barn one. I moved around a lot when I was little

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  35. "Forever on hold" .**Questions. 1.)Create a back story on the character 2.).What makes them the way they are? 3.) Where did they come from? 4.) How old are they? 5.)What do they like and dislike?
    Ill name the man narrating the story "Henry". Henry is 58 years old originally from upstate New York. Henry grew up in a world without everyone glued to their iphones and human interaction was the most important thing. Henry dresses very casual, usually wearing jeans and a T-shirt. Henry has grown increasingly frustrated with the modern age and the general mindset of the larger companies. He now lives in a world where making a simple phone call to his cable provider is a major event that almost needs advanced planning. He calls and immediately gets a generic machine giving him 100 choices. It makes him enter his information just to get passed around and placed on hold for 25 minutes while constantly hearing the pre-recorded machine tell him how valuable of a customer he is. He cant believe how much effort is put into these machines as opposed to simply having someone answer the phone. Henry thinks there are probably more people employed to make these recorded messages then there are people to actually answering the phones. He is frustrated at the thought process of these modern day companies and questions how some of the most simple ideas have been forgotten. Henry has grown angry and almost disappointed at society as a whole. Many may see a man mocking his wait time on the phone but the story roots much deeper than that.
    Henry misses general courtesy, basic human interaction and the core principles that he was brought up on.

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    1. Sounds like an old man working a part time job day dreaming. He nothing good going for him. That doesn't sound too good for him. How is his love life? Doesn't sound like he is too religious, that's probably why he has a hard time. Good depiction

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    2. Haha I love this interpretation to forever on hold. It's completely different to the one I had but equally enjoyable. Henry sounds like a character I would enjoy watching in a movie. Complex and simple at the same time.
      At first glance he seems miserable but upon further inspection you find a man craving genuine intimacy, which looks like it was a regular part of human interaction and his day when he was younger. So very endearing.

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  36. I felt most in tune with the character in Tearing me apart. I feel the character is a young man, 33-34 years old who suffers from Bi Polar Disorder and anxiety. His every waking moment is in fear of when is the next panic attack gonna be? Is it gonna be a bad one? Short lived or strung out for hours. He puts on a happy face when he goes out among the world. One thing he's learned in this life is to not put to much trust into anything. The pills the local shrink gives him keeps him either intergalactic space cowboy or just enough normal so he can function enough so that he can be an asset to society. He walks among the living all though he feels he is surely dead. He has also learned not to wig out too much, the last time cost him a 6 month stint at Kumbaya State Asylum. He is a master of deception. When someone asks if he's okay, he smiles and says yeah, sure am knowing damn well he ain't.He however is enering into a very dark place as of late. He so far has fought off the urge to buy a cheap pistol and one bullet. Or that dark corner of the alley with the overhang; he could shoplift him a piece of rope at the local Ace Hardware Store and hang himself or step in front of a bus. The demons of his disease torment him saying killing himself will alleviate his pain. But he holds on, for now!

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    1. He sounds like he has alot of problems and can't live his life day after day. Seems like his child hood wasn't very good, did he ever finish school? Does his personal friends trybto find him or is he just lost her nbthe world alone? I like the detailed background

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  37. So I had a hard time deciding between "Demons' and "Tearing me apart". I can relate to the monologue " Demons' not because I've ever been possssed but Because sometimes I'm scared of not being able to give my family everything , As a teenage feeling lonely is common and I often feel alone but my main goal is to just protect my family and make life better for them but I feel as I'm focusing on my self and trying to improve my self to help my family I'm pushing my self away from them which is ultimately hurting the relationships I have with them because I'm more closed off, I feel i utimately wont be able to live up to the protector in my family ( although im only 17). and I think the character wants someone to help him but he's afraid he will hurt the people that he loves because of the demons therefore he distance his self and just feels lonely. As for the monologue " Tearing me apart" I connect with the character, Jamie because I too dream about many things in life and when I think about what if I never achieve those dreams, I can't stomach the thought. I often lay up at night and think about life. I think that Jamie hasn't had the greatest life so she has created this life that she wished she had and Achieving that goal has now become her only aspiration in life and she cannot stomach the thought of never actually living that life she has created......Hopefully my interpretations were understandable. I had a hard time wording about how i felt about the pieces and how they related to me.

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  38. I chose Sue from Nervous. Her monologue constantly reminded me of all those times I had stayed up late waiting for my mother to come back home from work. She worked in the Medical side of things so it wasn't really as dangerous as a cops job would be.

    I could only connect with Sue. I knew how she felt when she was reminiscing about all of those times she had been worried and scared. When you're around scared and worried parents it doesn't make you feel any less scared or afraid, so when Sue spoke about her mother being worried I could only imagine a night and I thought I'd share it:

    Sue and her mother sat on the couch in front of the television. Her mothers lips were pursed and in a thin line, and her eyes was glued to the latest news story. Sue never liked these nights. They were long and kept her heart racing. Her mothers eyes were red and puffy, as if she'd been crying umpteenth amounts of times. She let out a sigh and nervously rubbed her hands together. After what seemed like years, suddenly she rummaged through her pocket, took out her phone and dialled her husbands number. When he didn't pick up things got worse and she started pacing. Five minutes later, she was out of the room and in her own. Sue knew her mother was going to try and force herself to sleep without seeing him, hoping he'd be right by her side.

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  39. There are three from the selection of the monolougs that I thought were most like me in a way. The one monolouge that I thought that was more like me would have to be " the sunday gamble" by D.M. larson. The simiarities I see between us would be preying so hard for something to change in your life. There was a moment in my life, I was a new kid in a a new school; very small.
    Me coming from california to a small school in arizona, I was a good football player at the time in different positions, and I got along with my team. We came to an agreement that we were going to shave the hair off of our bodies if we were to lose the game. So I preyed the night before only to have to shave the hair, what estonished me was that some of the players perfered it that way at the end.
    Johnny is a rich kid living with his parents. About to graduate high school, his parents never home always busy with work taking flights everyday. Johnny is good at what he does at svhool, mr popular. People love him, hate him and even want to be like him; trying to figure out what he is going to wear the next day at school so they can match with him.
    Until one day he gets kicked out of school with the cops dranging him out with his school mates watching everything. He is forced to change his ways, and put him a regular school, and forced to join a club that will help him. He goes through acvouple of bizzare school clubs like disco club, hugs club, zombie survival club, and stick it to the man club, until he come upon the last one rubics cube club. He ends up sticking with it and learns alot about his rubic cube friends and the club, and changing his ways slowly.
    At the end he is forced to help his friends and choose is path, with the aid of his parents money he is able to do a turn around for good, and before he goes to the rubic cube championship he has a last min preyer.

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  40. Althouh I am a female I chose Turk in Demons. Turk is a kid who has been strong for so long. Turk has always hid his true feeling because he knows if anyone knew the truth it would hurt them. Turk always has a smile but when he is alone at night he becomes the Turk no one knows. He becomes the Turk he has always kept hidden. He cries his self to sleep. How could no one notice. But one day he came home angry he went upstairs but his mom followed she walked in and saw her baby boy on the floor in a ball crying. She rushes over to see what was wrong but Turk goes on to tell her to stay away. He dosnt want her to get hurt. Turk is like me because the story above is mine.

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  41. I chose "I Hate Buffets" because I can relate to the character when he/she tells the kid to get his fingers out of the food. The reason I relate to this character is because I have a cousin who is constantly sticking his fingers in the peanut butter jar. The character also reminds me of my mother because she is constantly telling my cousin to get his fingers out of the peanut butter jar. So that is why I chose "I Hate Buffets"

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  42. I loved and could connect with two characters very well 1. Sue- monologue "Nervous". Where i felt a child who is really afraid of loosing her father. every day just hoping that his father is absolutely fine. though my father is not a cop. But when i just get struck by the fear of loosing some one. I loose my sleep and can really imagine what would be going through sue's mind every now and then. That is if i am Playing what i could be feeling is i cant express without tears rolling out of my eyes.

    2. Layla- " Double Rainbow". The fact is i am not found of rainbows much but i feel. I connect to layla, the rainbow is her inspiration same way for me when i am in hard times the smallest spark of inspiration and standing up is enough to lift me up and i can feel her love for rainbow after the dangerous storm. Lifting some one up with smallest words is the best thing any one can do and even storms i.e hard times are not their inspiration are always welcome . so i feeel these two monologue character connect to me nearly

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  43. "Forever On Hold" relates to me the most. I, myself, have been through this countless times and it gets so frustrating! Its fun to see this put into light heartedness. I picture this character as a late teen, a girl who will be soon going off to college and is excited to start her new life. She's getting her things together and she's tired and frustrated with everything around her. She just wants things to be simpler like they used to be. Although she grins and bears it, she ends up blowing her top.

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  44. I think I am most like Turk in Demons. I like that Turk is able to demonstrate the internal struggle he is having in a clear way where you can almost visualize his mind being torn in different directions. I am similar to Turk because I struggle with internal battles with myself all the time especially when I get very stressed out or feel depressed or angry. I can't say I know anyone who is like Turk. My personal struggles within my own mind are what help me to understand Turk.

    I think Turk was struggling with everyday happenings within a normal teenager's life like home issues, school issues, being an outcast and such. I feel like Turk has to have gone through a lot in order to turn to basically making a deal with the devil and is now being tormented by the demons in his head. I feel like Turk would be from somewhere like Washington state or Oregon. Turk is more than likely a teenager who dresses very gothic/emo/punk like and wears all black.

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  45. The script that I can relate to the most is Demons , because I know how it feels to not be your self because something evil is inside of me.

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  46. Sarge from The Barn--I like him simply because his character has been shaped in the same way mine has.
    Really, that answers all the questions.

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  47. I found myself in the monologue "Tearing me apart", because every sentence, every word describes me. In the character i liked that she don't give up her dreams. The similar between us is the same thing. Both of us wishing while stares at sky. I undestrand this character exacty by personal experience. It happens to me. I think the "back story" start here:

    Before she is the way she is, she was just a little girl with big dreams. But then one dream became something more, something really special that she don't want to share with anyone. She lived only for her dreams and that made her happy. Day after day, but she lived with it.She started to imagine that her dream may not come true and the pain was bigger and bigger. But she don't give up no matter what. And she was there under the sky wishing her one and only wish while stares at the stars. She was maybe sixteen. But her mind was big than every creature on this world.

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  48. I relate the most to Fuchsia in the Sunset Princess. Because she has the same longing to be free, to be what we want to be and to be ourselves where we are not tied down. To be rebellious and selfish for ourselves because we are bored with the norm and what is given to us. The similarities are we both want to be adventurous, to start something different in our lives. The backstory starts here:

    I think she's most likely an only child who is pampered constantly by her parents. She has everything that money and her parents can get her. All except freedom to be what she wants to express herself to be. From a royal family, E.g. Tangled. Shes about the same age as a girl who wants to explore and adventure out into the unknown.

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    1. I agree. she seems like the kind of girl that was raised to be spoiled. But doesn't want that kind of life, she wants to be free. Just like you said :)

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  49. I chose Turk From Demons. I don't nec. like this character. I just feel like he relates to me the most. I have demons. Wondering if what I do is right or wrong. Feeling like I could hurt someone unintentionally because of a harsh life. I grew up in a home with an aunt and uncle and cousins who either ignored me, or abusive me any way they liked.

    I wore baggy clothes, hide myself behind a wall, pretend I was someone else, anywhere else. Being a boy to stay safe, to look ugly to my abusers.

    I know a person who has acted like Turk, but only when they seemed to lose their control. A friend I will call Sue for privacy reasons. Those were the times that you looked into their eyes and someone else looked back at you. Someone dark.

    Abuse can make a lot of people do very bad things. Things an innocent may not ever do. My character grew up in an abusive household. Made to clean, do sexual favors. Punished for others peoples doings. Portland, Oregon was where they resided. They like video games, movies, hate broccoli and most people. They are 32. Dress like a homeless man and wear glasses too large for their face.

    I use my past to channel characters. I am that character, that character is me.

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  50. I really connected with Fuschia on Sunset Princess. I feel the same way as she does, I wish I could be free, somewhere far away. I think the most important thing in being an actor is to understand your character and I do understand her.

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  51. The character I chose was "forever on hold"
    I like 'her' sarcasm. She feels like the type of person that takes normal everyday mundane things that happen to us and can give her friends some comedic relief to otherwise very annoying situations. I can relate because I do the same thing. I always tell stories about my everyday life but there's always a dramatic twist to it. My mom is a little similar in the sense that she gets really annoyed by little things like that I guess I take after her!
    My personal experience with dealing with something similar was always being on the phone with Bank of America and hotels that I've previously stayed with. Several phone wars were a result of a hotel that I've recently stayed with which lead to speaking to several different people and my account being over drafted multiple times. Every time I spoke to someone different they were equally as clueless.
    I feel like this character is the way she is because of several factors in her life. Growing up in a small apartment in queens ny, she's always had to live without. Her mom was a cleaning lady and her dad is a mechanic. Her mom died when she was 8 so it's just been her and dad every since. He works overtime to provide for himself and his daughter. Because of being borderline poor, Natalie always found happiness in making up stories of little things that she goes through. Making people laugh always helped with a deep ache she always felt but was forever nervous to investigate further. She's about to graduate college at 24 and makes money on the side doing stand up at comedy shops. It helps to put her through school since her dad couldn't afford it. Now she has the hard task of pursuing her major which is accounting or her true passion which is comedy. Her dad wants to hear nothing about this "comedy rubbish" as he calls it. He wants her to find a real job, make real money, dress in a suit, not flip flops, jeans and a tank top and be better than him. Natalie adores her dad and values his opinion highly so she is actually thinking about following what he is saying and doing "the right thing" for the families sake. She is the first to graduate college, her dad is from Ukraine and her mom is from Germany, he tells the story like it was yesterday of how they met, fell in love, got married and made a life for themselves. Natalie was the pride and joy of her moms eye before she lost her battle to breast cancer. "She would roll over in her grave if she knew you wanted to be a jokester for a living" according to her dad. He was very set in his ways. At home she listened to him meekly, rarely ever giving a rebuttal to his sometimes harsh criticism but on stage Natalie became a different person. All her pain poured out on this strange audience that found what she went through on a daily basis funny. A weird chick, majoring in account(which she actually hated), dating guys even though secretly in to chicks who liked to crack jokes at her own expense for a living. She was a walking mess. And that gave her power.

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  52. I feel I connected to Sue from "Nervous" because she is talking about when her dad would go to work everyday and how she and her mother would be worried all day if he was alright. I connect to this the most because my dad used to be a South Dakota National Guard and if there was a disaster that happened he was always called over sees to help. He was the person who made the electricity work and helped build homes. Once he was in Germany and he was able to return home a week early and it was lucky because where he was in Germany the week he was actually supposed to leave a man shot and killed US National Guards. Now that he is retired I like sue finally feel like I am able to sleep since he is safe.

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  53. I chose "Nervous" because she is so me. She's from a small town where everyone looks out for everyone. She is a creature of habit and dislikes when plans are changed. I like that she's vulnerable and doesn't mind showing us. I am a constant worry wart so I can definitely relate.

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  55. I chose Sarge from The Barn. To me it said the most without saying the most. We have all made mistakes in life, some self inflicted and some not. The most important thing besides realizing we made those mistakes and correcting them is to find someone who will love us for who we are regardless of our faults. It just resonated with me. Spoke to me. Sarge is maybe a tough kid who grew up on the streets on New York, got involved with the wrong crowd, started doing the wrong things and was on a dangerous path. Sometimes in life we are a product of our environment and surroundings and that doesn't necessarily make us a bad person. Sometimes in life relocating, being taken out of certain situations and lifestyles can help prolong our lives and help us draw out the good inside. I think this was good for Sarge, being around someone who showed unconfirmed love and support no matter what. It's this simple fact that has changed his life, given him a positive outlook on life, shown him he can be anything he wants to be. All it takes is a little love.

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    1. Wel, I agree with you Greg...Sarge is really a tough and comitted young man who lived a miserable life. As ee all know that it is hectic and hard to grow up without parents. What I like about Sarge is that he knows his story that he was like stuborn in past and now he changed. I like this sript.

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  56. Double Rainbow
    Layla is a dreamer. She has been, since the day she learned how to read. Since her Grandmother gave her a Magic Tree House book for her 6th birthday. Since her Dad told her stories before she went to sleep at night, and since her big brother played pretend with her till they had to go inside for dinner. All she ever does anymore is dream. She wakes up in the morning and watches the sun rise, thinking about what it would be like to see it from the top of the Eiffel tower. She goes to school, and wonders what would happen if the principle got attacked my an evil witch that took her to a giant tower. She sits with her friends at lunch, and asks her self how much bravery it would take to become a secret agent. Her whole day is spent wondering, thinking, and wishing. And on the drive home after school every day, she stares out the window, watching, and waiting for that magical moment when a rainbow will appear, and she can see all her dreams lay out in the sky. When it comes, she can't tear er eyes away. she sits in her front lawn, till it goes away. Fading with the wind, and she is suddenly, brutally brought back to reality. Then she hurries to her room, and shuffles through her mountains of notebooks and journals, till she finds the right one, and starts writing till her hand hurts, and Mother is telling her to go to bed. She wants to be a writer one day, and there is nothing in all the cruel reality of the world that will stop her. And she watched the rainbows to remind herself that there is magic out there. And there always will be.

    I admit it. I'm a dreamer too. I want to be an actress really badly, and i think about it all the time. I love to watch the rainbows, and find them just as magical as Layla does. My favourite is when the whole sky is lit up with the red-orange-yellow of the sun rise :)

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  57. I felt the narrator from "I hate buffets" resonated with me. If only because I also hate buffets. For the American-style gluttony and also the way some other people will show a lack of respect for others by allowing their children to feel-up the food, or, even worse, they do it themselves... In my past, I have, of course, been to a buffet or twenty... and I found myself going back, multiple times, experimenting with different dishes, eating way past full. The grossness of the buffet atmosphere drove me away and helped me keep me from putting on extra weight.
    I imagine the narrator to be overweight, slightly disheveled, and a "self-loathing glutton". On a quest to find that perfect food, while at the same time hypocritically judging others for the amount of food they pile on their plates. The character would portray themselves as a a know-it-all, I imagine the comic book store owner from The Simpsons. The character has always struggled with self-esteem issues, in his late 20's still living at home with a successful Youtube channel on movie reviews, which usually consists of bashing movies.

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  58. I connected really well with Johnny from The Sunday Gamble. I know that was a monologue mainly written for males, but I still connected because that's how I actually pray in my real life. I usually do sacrifice something that is special to me in order to have my wish fulfilled. All these similarities with the character helped me to understand it well. I think the character is in his preteens and he must like to wear casuals. His parents must treat him like he is still a kid and somewhere in his mind he wants to prove that he is a grown up person now. That's why he is not demanding much from his parents like kids mostly do, instead he is praying to God for the same.

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  59. Am well connected with Turk...i love the character! I can nearly imagine I am always like that. When I don't wanna get people in danger as to stop them claiming later was my fault! Yes I become nervous full of fear.

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  60. I feel like I really connected with Layla in Rainbows because everyone has that paart of them that's just fun and sparkly and I love showcasting that.

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  61. Sunset princess

    I choose it becouse somehow I can understand the charachter. Becouse she wants freedome and she want something eals from what she has.
    I doeant years dreaming about other country freedome and imagining that place how it will be ... And I got my dream come true.


    So charachter analyse :

    She is process in beautiful country she has everything she ask for but not her freedome her father is really strickt becouse he is scread she doesn't understand him even when she try to understand.
    She like to paint her dream world and she write poems about that places.
    She also make her own Mup of the world and she gave her imaginary name to all places ...
    She is kind of beautiful and also a bit spoilt girl wish is rebellion as well.
    She has amazing mannirs but she want to be someone ealse. She is playing around palace different charachers in wish to meet them and she is trying all sort of stuff she could try in palace seeking for her freedoms on that way as well

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    1. I think it's neat how you have imagined that Fuchsia is imagining places and people. This character really reminds me of Anna in "Frozen" who runs around and talks to paintings.

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  62. I chose double rainbow. I know this was for a child but I felt it was written just for me. Rainbows are amazing gifts from God for all to behold

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  63. I chose double rainbow. I know this was for a child but I felt it was written just for me. Rainbows are amazing gifts from God for all to behold

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  64. I read all the monologues, but I like Fuchsia from the sunset princess monologue. I like how she appreciates what her dad buys for her, but all she wants to do at the moment is see the sunset. I kind of relate to her in a way, when she's talking about longing for freedom I relate because I sometimes want to be myself and express myself, and I sometimes feel held back because I feel like I can't around some people, and that kind of helps me understand the character more. When I read this monologue I first thought about my best friend because she relates to her more than I do, but later I related myself to the character. I feel like Fuchsia is a teenager, who comes from a rather wealthy family, and she gets all the expensive things in life, but she doesn't care for them, and all she truly wants is freedom, and to be who she wants to be. I feel like she dresses in luxurious clothing, but doesn't like it. She doesn't like the finer things in life, she likes the simple things in life.

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    1. I agree Nicole, my analysis of Fuchsia is exactly the same!

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  65. FYI, I previously commented as just “Michael” but have now updated my blogger profile with initials and a picture. I wrote about LOTR and Liv Tyler, amongst other things.

    Although I am a man, I connect the most with the “Sunset Princess” Fuchsia.

    --What do you like about the character?

    I like that she is innocent and young.

    --What is similar between you and that character?

    There are a lot of things I haven’t experienced yet in my life. I do have a lot of great things going on for me. But there’s so much more that I want out of life.

    --Do you know someone else who is like the character?

    I don’t know; there are probably a lot of people who have these kinds of feelings.

    --Do you have a personal experience that helps you understand this character?

    Yes. She longs to sail on the ocean and be able to touch the sea. I long for more independence and for interdependence. In this way, I think I can say that I commiserate with her.

    --Think about why the character is the way he/she is. What made them the way they are? Make up a "back story" or history of the character. Where did they come from? What do they like and dislike? How old are they? What do they dress like?

    Fuchsia is the daughter of a wealthy merchant. She lives in a fictional city-state called Fulaak. Her father doesn’t want her to leave her mansion for fear she will be harmed by his enemies. However, this stunts her growth and creates in her a longing for the outside world, especially the sea. The sunset princess is eleven. She likes fine things: jewelry and fine clothes and dolls. But she values nature and the beauty of plants and animals more. Her father brings her exotic animals and plants to enjoy at their estate. But she still wants to see the world outside.

    Fuchsia dresses as any wealthy girl in Fulaak would: she wears dresses with puffy sleeves. She especially likes wearing green dresses.

    --I once heard an actor say they always decide what that character might have for breakfast and that helps them figure the character out.

    The Sunset Princess eats fine, extravagant meals for breakfast. But she longs for the taste of porridge, which is refused to her for fear it will dull her sensitivity.

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  66. I choose "Nervous" because I am too a police officer and I have a 6 year old son. I always do everything in my will power to make sure I come home to my son every day. My boyfriend is also a police officer for a really bad part of the city. I see myself one both sides of this because I often worry about my boyfriend and at the same time I worry about not being able to come home myself.

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    1. I think this is super interesting, how well you fit into the monologue in both ways. I can't imagine how it must feel to live your life like that everyday, so props to you :)

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  67. The monologue nervous, I am the same way as the character always nervous worried for a close loved one. I like that she waited up to make sure her father made it home safely.

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  68. ''Tearing Me Apart'' Jamie Moira background story Jamie Moira was going through some sort of depression and wished she could be happy my cousin was going through a depression to he was very sad but he never let anyone know. when he finally got over it seemed as if a wish came true for him. Dillan Victory

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  70. Jamie Moira from, "Tearing Me Apart" sounds like a girl who's been through suffering whether it's self-inflicted or from an outside source.Right now she just wants change. Jamie wants some escape from herself and what's going on around her. I can relate to this so much, which is why I chose this monologue. I feel like I can put myself into this character because I am somewhat this character. I can understand putting on a fake smile and just trying so hard to make things different, to live better. But, the difference between her and I is that I have the opportunity to take action and it seems like all she can do is wish. The struggle of living is so difficult when you feel like being a part of the dead. That doesn't mean I think Jamie is suicidal, but I feel if she doesn't get change soon, she'll break even more than she is right now. Like me, it's getting harder and harder to put the same mask on her face.Not only that, but wishing is all she can depend on. That can mean she had no one else or she used to have some but lost them somehow. I think that because now wishing is all she has, or all she thinks she has. Jamie has been trying to give herself false hope by making these wishes but she knows the large possibility of no change and it's (like the title) tearing her apart.

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    1. Very nice analysis of the character. I like the backstory you gave her and certain phrases you used really hit a chord with me. For example, when you said "Jamie has been trying to give herself false hope..." and "Wishing is all she can depend on". I like how deep you looked into her character. I considered choosing this monologue, so it was nice to see someone else analyze it since I ended up choosing something else!

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    3. You made a good analysis of this. I also in way feel connected to her but one thing I don't do is to wallow in regret. She wished this and that but didn't get up to take action. But then I understand that at some time one would definitely feel torn apart but wishes wouldn't change the past. Maybe that was why I chose another monologue instead.

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  71. Sunday Gamble is more like me. I do beg God for his help and forgiveness. I ask God all the time to spear me and let me take this one opportunity to be blessed, nothing more or nothing less. The character wants to believe life still exist. He wants that chance to prove himself that he can accomplish that dream. Me and the character has similar traits, we both act the same when we need something to be fulfill, the character has a spoiled side to him when it comes to achieving. He needs that guidance to show him the way. Do I know anyone else who is similar to the character, yes and no. A lot of people ask for something and take it for granted. My personal experience to the character. We share the same insight when it comes to getting something we want. We both know how to get it. The character is a young boy between the age of 16 & 18 who comes from a home that makes less than 20,000 a year. Mother is trying to keep food on the table to support her son. The son wants to help mom by all means. He want to fulfill his fantasy by asking God to give him another chance at what could have become a success. He comes from a poor background, kids playing while he's trying to help his mom. He comes from a neighborhood that is rough and not very educated. He wants to believe that life still do exist and there is something out there for him. His mother making less money than she did before. All he wants to do is make his mom proud.

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  72. To everyone who is starting out as an actor. I hope you all succeed and continue to pursue your goals. Never take for granted. Once you move up there is no going back. You will see a big change within self. your eyes open widely, your friends will change, and your ways would change. Keep up the good work. All of you gave good feed back. You have to take your career seriously or you will be left behind, when it comes to my craft, I'm all over it until there is no more. I want stop until my body say so. I keep moving in the right directions can't nothing, want nothing, stop me from achieving my goals as an actor.

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  73. The character I could relate most to was Fuchsia from “Sunset Princess”. Here is my back-story for her:
    Fuchsia is the way she is for many reasons. She sees the same people everyday in her tower. Her mother visits rarely, her dad everyday, and sometimes she sees servants. She’s stuck in the same routine everyday and doesn’t have time for herself to do what makes her heart set sail. I believe that her parents worked very hard to make a lot of money, and once her mother and father got great jobs, they moved to the castle. They were originally poor, but Fuchsia was too young to remember that. Now that they live in the castle, they try to give her everything. Her father and mother work outside of the castle but come home every evening. Her dad visits every night, but her mom visits her not as often. They put her up the tower to protect her, and they buy her whatever she wants. She doesn’t have any siblings. She loves the things her father buts her, and she enjoys them. However, nothing matches the longing she has for her own solitude in experiencing nature and the universe. I believe she wants to see the world, be outside at peace and experience nature for what it is. Seeing it behind bars (more or less) isn’t enough for Fuchsia. She loves the things she has, but she wants more. She wants to be able to go off on her own and experience the world. Breathe the fresh air and feel the cold breeze on her neck as she runs through an open field- feel the icy waters and she runs through the shores on a nearby beach. She longs for that feeling- where you feel close to the universe. I would say she does dress in fancy dresses and wears a lot of jewelry usually- she likes feeling beautiful. However, at the end of the day she wears just comfortable clothing, no jewelry and no makeup- just her pure self as she watches the sunset at the end of the day.

    And, as a bonus, I think she would have something different for breakfast each day depending. She longs to be free, so I’m sure she’d try something new. Sometimes pancakes, cereal, muffins, scones, eggs, toast… it just depends! The closest thing she can get to freedom is trying as many new things as possible.

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  74. I chose Staying Power. This is her backstory.
    Beth is an orphan. She lives in Nebraska. Her parents died when she was 9. She is 14 years old. She travels between different foster parents. None of them are nice to her. She misses her parents and spends a lot of time laying on the grass at night wondering what her parents would think of this. Wondering what they would say to how the foster parents are treating her. She wishes on the same first star every night. She wants a real family someone who likes her for who she is. She's a very quiet person and doesn't like the other kids at the foster home. Everyone calls them her brothers and sisters. She doesn't have any friends and doesn't try to make any. She always wears a light blue T-shirt and jeans. She has long golden hair and green eyes. That is who Beth is.

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  75. I chose Jamie in Tearing Me Apart because like her I always smiled and kept up an act instead of telling people what was really wrong with me or bothering or the dark secrets I have in my head. Her backstory is she had an abusive father who mistreated, belated and put down her and her mother. She lives in Georgia, Atlanta. Whenever she went to school, she would always smile and laugh not telling people what was happening at home. She spends a lot of time reading and listening to music while laying in bed and looking up at the stars through her window. All she ever wanted was for her and her mother to leave their father and just leave town and go to a happier and safe place. She doesn't have a lot of friends just two because she's always on her own with earphones in. She always wears black band/book shirts with skinny jeans, boots or sneakers with a beanie. She has short black natural hair and dark brown almost black eyes. That is who I envision Jamie as.

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  76. Demons
    What do you like about the character? I like how he knows what he has and he wants to protect the other person

    What is similar between you and that character? Similarities is that I fee like its something he's been hiding and I can relate to having something I don't want to people to know and try to protect them from knowing that side of me.

    Do you know someone else who is like the character? yes

    Do you have a personal experience that helps you understand this character? yes

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  77. The character that I am most like is Jamie MOira from the monologue Tearing me apart. I can feel her passion as she wishes on the 1st star she sees. We both want something to badly that we won't stop until we get it. My passion is acting and hers is having a family. I created her a backstory. She is a foster child and she longs to be loved and not abused. this is a dramatic monologue and requires alot of emotions

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  78. I had a hard time narrowing my top two to one. So I picked the two I relate to most on a personal level because I am either struggling with or have struggled with the emotions they are feeling by my interpretation.
    The first is Jamie from “Tearing Me Apart”
    What do you like about the character?
    Jamie, though going through an sort of depression, still has a will to fight, to go on and live. She wants to make something of herself and live a life that means something. That is the kind of fighting spirit, I can respect.
    What is similar between you and that character?
    Though I am not the wishing on a star, penny in the fountain kind of person, I have been so desperate for something that I couldn't see my life without it. I have been in such a funk, in recent years of my life, that I could barely muster up the strength to get out of bed, and go through my day. I have been scared that my life had no meaning and that I would never live up to my potential or live out my dreams.
    Do you know someone else who is like the character?
    I've known a few people like the character, though none closely. They all felt like their life had amounted to nothing, whether they were young and just felt unimportant, or older, and felt they has wasted years of their lives.
    Do you have a personal experience that helps you understand this character?
    Within the past year, I had a relapse into depression. I was mad because I wasn't doing what I wanted to do. I was mad that I was still trying to live up to someone else's expectations of me, instead of trying to chase my dreams, and do what made me happy. That made me sad. I felt that if I didn't make a change, that I could never be happy.
    Think about why the character is the way he/she is. What made them the way they are? Make up a "back story" or history of the character. Where did they come from? What do they like and dislike? How old are they? What do they dress like?
    To me, Jamie seems like she could have grown up in a relatively loving family who only wanted the best for her. She grew up in the suburbs of a city like Atlanta or Tampa, but she was born in New York, and had always admired the hustle of the city. Her family, unfortunately thought they knew what was best and kept forcing her to do what they wanted for her. They only had the best of intentions, but it pushed her to a breaking point where she no longer cared about what she wanted because she wanted them to be proud of her. She lived simply, and even got a steady job in a field in which she had no interest. Then, when she was around 23 she lost the only person who had truly supported her and had tried to push her towards her own dreams. Her best friend had always tried to tell her to be true to herself, but even in trying to do so, Jamie would always fall back into the same routine of trying to please everyone else. For the last two years since, she's lived in a funk, ashamed that she never lived up to her potential, but knowing it's not too late and that there's something she can do. She tends to keep it simple with jeans or khakis and a t shirt. She might wear a nice, yet plain dress if the occasion calls for it, so that she doesn't stand out too much, despite wanting to stand out. She doesn't like plain foods without flavor, or her life. She absolutely loves the excitement that comes from a night out, though she hardly ever leaves her apartment.

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  79. The other person I picked is Turk, from “Demons”
    What do you like about the character?
    Though he is a man, a woman could easily be in his situation, whether literally or figuratively. I am taking the mostly figurative side. We all have felt that we are possessed because of the things we have done. Turk is trying to protect someone he loves from his, which is noble.
    What is similar between you and that character?
    I've had my “demons.” Usually, I try to hide them and keep them away from my loved ones. I prefer to suffer alone, then to hurt the ones closest to me. I want, above all, to protect them. It's been a long time since then, but I've had the experience and felt like I was doomed.
    Do you know someone else who is like the character?
    No actually
    Do you have a personal experience that helps you understand this character?
    Growing up I had serious anger problems. I took everything out on everyone. It was a “demon: I wrestled with for many years. I hurt a lot of people, to the point where, when I met the man who would be my husband, I loved him so much that I didn't want to hurt him with my anger and kept my distance.
    I also felt that there was no way to stop these demons and that I would always be haunted by my issues.
    Think about why the character is the way he/she is. What made them the way they are? Make up a "back story" or history of the character. Where did they come from? What do they like and dislike? How old are they? What do they dress like?
    Turk most likely grew up a very caring person. He cares about those around him and always does what he can to help. He grew up in a small town where everyone knew each other, but left to go to school and stayed right on the outskirts of the city. He met a girl at school that he really liked and courted for a few months. One night he hit her. He was just so outraged and what, he didn't even know. He apologized profusely and told her to leave. He avoided her for weeks. She called and forgave him because it had actually been on accident, and she knew it. Finally she came over and that's where the conversation begins. Turk tends to be laid back and wears casual clothing. Right now he hates himself and the demons in his mind. He loves his friends, and family, and just people in general.

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  80. I feel most connected with Only Children Believe in Butterflies. The woman in the story seems to have been driven crazy, but not by the ghosts haunting her. She's driven crazy by the people around her thinking that she's crazy for seeing them. It is like a self-proclaiming prophecy. She really just wants the ghosts to leave her alone, to have her mother back. But if the ghosts leave her alone, she will be alone. Her mother visits her as a ghost, and that's the only contact she has with her.
    I feel connected to the character not because I'm insane or crazy, but because I understand what it feels like to be alone. The monologue is like an outward example of what is feels like to be depressed, anxious. I understand exactly how she feels when she doesn't want help, but knows there's something there that shouldn't be. I know a lot of people like this, some driven a bit more mad than others, but I know many.

    I imagine the woman with a messy bun, no makeup, pale complexion, in baggy pj pants and a tshirt. She is probably in her late twenties, sitting in a psychiatric hospital telling a story. She came from a family with a loving mother and a father who passed away. The passing of her father hit her hard, and it made her begin to fear the same thing happening to her mother. When she began seeing the ghost woman, she thought she was going crazy until her family confirmed that there truly was a woman like that. As time went on, more ghosts visited her. She couldn't stop them, but she didn't want them to be near her. When her mother passed, she snapped. She began getting visits from her mother, and while she hated the ghosts, she didn't want them to leave and she didn't want to be around people because then her mother wouldn't be with her anymore. As she tells she story, she makes realizations about her past that she never had before. She makes it clear by the end that she would rather be dead and with her mother than alive with the ghosts.

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  81. I feel most connected with nervous, because all the time when my dad comes to my moms house to come and get me I always look out the window I'm always nervous if something happened to him or not.

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  82. I think turk from 'demons' monologue is just like me.
    I liked the way the character is for the sake of love and to protect his love one he is even sacrificing his life.
    similiarities between me and character is even I also can do anything to protect my loved ones from any kind of problems.
    No, i don't know someone else like the character.
    No, i don't have personal experience like of the character but once when my love one was in a problem that time i was even ready to do anything to help and solve the problems from which i think i can understand the character feelings a bit.
    I think character is the way he is because his soul is captured by the demons. I think he started loving someone not of their kinds so that's why demons inside of him made the way they are.
    I think truk is from evil kingdom where he comes earth to destroy the planet buh he fall in love with the girl from earth. He is 25 years old and she is 22 years old. He is wearing black suit and she is wearing white gown.

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  83. I can relate to Sunset Princess because she wants all of the finest things in life but without becoming bitter and stingy about it. My personal experience with the character is that I am the same way. I want the best things I could ever ask for like fancy clothes,maybe a nice house,but I always think of others first before myself. I want to make others happy first then worry about myself later.

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  84. Parker (The Sunday Gambling) is a 20 years old man. When he was younger he was really nice and lovable kid that everybody liked. Then he met some people, sport fans and they introduce him in this new and exciting world of sport. Soon after that he got his favorite club and began to attend on every single match. Slowly this new universe began swallowing him. Parker began drowning in his love for the club that this same club began dictating Parker’s life. Parker simply become sport hooligan. After that he tried to gamble, at first it was only on his club, but this gambling world got impact on Parker too, it was exciting and new and very attractive so Parker began drowning in this world too. Soon after that sport gambling began dictating Parker’s life completely, but he was too blind to see that. He forget about everything else in the life. This is his life now, gambling. He forget all other values in life, he forget how to be human, simply he began slave of his own habits. So at the time when monologue is happening he doesn’t know what humble and thankful means, he doesn’t know what shame means, he doesn’t know what being selfish means. All he does know is that he need his club to win this one game and he feel there’s nothing wrong to ask God for this favor, although he forgot and abandoned God long time ago, because that’s why God is there for, to help people, it doesn’t matter that Parker’s faith is one big lie, and he tried to negotiate with God offering empty promises. My close family member is just like Parker, he is also drowned in this gambling world and he got lost in it, so I could relate to this character. I already pictured this scene in monologue and I could clearly see Parker and every his move, so that’s why I chose this monologue. I’m planning to continue building this character up.

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  85. I connect more to "Forever on hold". The character is so much like me. I usually feel so reluctant to call the customer service because most of the time you end the call sadly.

    The character has had so much experience with customer care because of the constant dissatisfaction of the supposed company's service.

    This character is perhaps someone that doesn't take a lot of things to heart, expressive, jovial and would rather replay and relay how she feels about something and as well make a joke out of it by mimicking all other characters involved.
    She is intelligent as well which is why she wondered why many things are not placed and bewildered the response of the customer service representative.
    This can be played by both sexes of any age.

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