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Exandria Unlimited: Calamity is a four-episode miniseries produced by the Critical Role team that explores a time just before an unavoidableapocalypse. io9 spoke to three members of the Calamity cast—Travis Willingham, Aabria Iyengar, and Luis Carazo—about performance, improv, and how playing to an audience impacts the play.

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Critical Role started in 2015 as a streamed improv storytelling series, using as a medium for inspiration. Now, seven years later, the cast has grown and the stories have expanded. As more of the world is explored and more ages in the timeline are revealed, new storytellers are stepping up to the tabletop.

“It’s interesting to play [Dungeons & Dragons] in a performative way,” said Iyengar. Unlike a home game, which allows people to spend longer amounts of time on group decisions, being on camera requires more flexibility from the table at large. “You have to be extremely locked into your character’s motives and drives… I might do something that we didn’t discuss before, so [the group] has to kind of go with me when I’m having a character moment.”

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Within the performance, there’s a need to externalize a lot of moments in a more “novelistic way” than a player would in a home game, said Iyengar. “[You have to express an] internal monologue of the choice that you’re making for consumptive purposes… you have to treat gameplay more like a novel than a TV show, where in a novel you can see everything the character’s thinking and how they arrive at the decision when they move into action.”

“This is something you learn,” said Willingham, who is a Critical Role vet, having been a part of the show since it started airing. “If you haven’t streamed a game online before, you could just make a choice and not give all that extra info. But the audience will fill in.” Here’s the conundrum: these actors are improvising their character choices, decisions, and motivations in “bullet-time,” regardless of the planning they might have done beforehand. This is the big balancing act, the trapeze that these players have to swing on. How do you support your own vision for your character with what the audience sees? How do you create a narrative that is both emergent and narratively satisfying in retrospect? “You want to provide clarity,” Willingham said. “Especially since you can intend to do one thing, but then after one roll of the D20, it doesn’t happen. It’s good to be clear about what you’re going for so people understand what the process was.”

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Staying true to the art of the process of performance is a novel way to think about tabletop roleplaying games. Sure, Critical Role has been streaming since 2015, and Adventure Zone, an “actual play” podcast of the McElroy family (comedians who also produced the My Brother, My Brother, and Me podcast), got its start in 2014, when Dungeons & Dragons’ Fifth Edition dropped, but TTRPGs are primarily built to be played as private, “home” games. How does the game change when it becomes an engine for consumption rather than a scaffolding for storytelling? Does it change that much at all?

Carazo said that he doesn’t see much of a difference between how he plays his home games and this game. For him the performance is part of the play, no matter where he’s rolling dice. “There is an awareness that an audience is going to be consuming this,” he explained, “and that does hang out in the back of your head. There might be a little voice that will tell me to stretch something out to create tension, but it’s all little things. For emphasis.”

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“This falls very into that long-form improv pattern,” explained Iyengar, when asked about how to know what kind of lore to play with in the game. “You start building the world up top, and then once everyone knows what the game is, you have that sense of where we can go from there.” She described the necessity of understanding that the audience is looking for an interesting ending, an angle, some kind of depth. “The matter at hand is how do we make everyone, including ourselves, care about how we got to the end.”

Calamity is in an interesting position. Despite whatever happens in this miniseries, the apocalyptic ending is set in stone. But working within that framework—a condensed story structure, half improv, only slightly predetermined by the GM (Brennan Lee Mulligan, in collaboration with famed Critical Role GM Matt Mercer)—allows for a lot of freedom. Calamity is operating with an established timeline, and there are some canon things that can’t be changed. Instead, the players get to focus on the journey, the steps taken to get to that ending, the ways in which they have to make people care about that destruction. It feels like a remarkably clever way to tell the story, by creating an inevitability and encouraging all the characters to make that ending as poignant, desperate, and emotionally compromising as possible.

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“There’s nothing more terror-inducing than playing in a game where you know that, at the end of the mini series, everything goes wrong,” Willingham added.“But you have the freedom. As soon as the end of the world starts, you have the freedom to do whatever you want, you know? Get an ice cream and waste time. And, you know, if that means the end of the world is on you, you have to live with that horrible guilt and responsibility.”

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“I feel like I have agency,” Carazo said. “I think that’s part of what makes this story. And whether I do or I don’t [have agency], then it’s brilliant on Brennan’s part because I’m set up to think that I can make change.”

He explains something I’ve been dancing around this whole interview: the fact that this is a consumptive piece of storytelling founded on a medium that was not initially built for this kind of story making, and the fact that Critical Role is a franchise of storytelling that has become beloved and treasured by millions of listeners and fans. Exandria Unlimited: Calamity is a part of a company by design, but that doesn’t lessen the impact of these stories, nor does it take away from the players at the table. Regardless of how the miniseries is “supposed” to end, Carazo explained that this belief in the story itself is a “necessary part of the game, because the characters we’re portraying believe that [they have agency] to a variety of degrees within each of them. They don’t know what’s coming.” It’s not, he implied, totally hopeless. He’s got a way to stop this, if only he can find the right door, the right god, the right sword. “I feel like sometimes I wonder if I’ve been completely, 100% gaslit by our Dungeon Master,” Carazo said. “I’ve given him total permission to do that to me in this campaign, because I think it’s part of an essential ingredient in the story. I feel like I still have a great amount of agency.”

It makes sense to keep that sense of wonder and tragedy in this kind of game. It has to be fun for the players too—having that kind of playfulness, that ability to stare the apocalypse in the face and say “fuck you.” Within this game there has to be a sense that the rules of the real world might not apply to you, after all. Calamity embodies a poignant fantasy of playfulness and fearlessness. At its core, that’s what Dungeons & Dragons is about.

I ask about the fandom. This is, after all, a streamed show that was made, first and foremost, for the fans, and I wanted to really dive into the thought process these actors have about what they’re doing. I sensed a kind of hyper-awareness that they know they are performing for the audience. More than anything the actors seem to want to make the fans happy, to create a game, an experience, a story that fulfills the audience’s desires, while also staying true to what they as players want to do. There is a part of this that feels like audience management, even though that’s not a perfect term for what Iyengar, Willingham, and Carazo are doing when they explain how they play the game.

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“You can only really worry about your piece of the puzzle,” Willingham said. “You want to make sure that people know the shape of what you’re trying to show, because once you’re in the game, you can get lost in the sea of everything else that’s happening. If you have some control over the things that you want people to know about your character, that’s great because once it’s in the ocean, it’s all up for grabs.”

Iyengar said that she’s cognizant of the fact that their fandom will take whatever they give them and run with it—and she loves that. She thinks it’s wonderful that they have a fan following that will “fill in the gaps” with fanfic and fan art, but there is also a part of her that wrestles with this kind of interpretation. “I think that’s the struggle of the idea of death of the author. But when you’re so intimately tied to it still, you’re like, I’m not dead, I’m still here. I’m still creating this character.”

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All the cast seems willing to let art go. “That’s part of the gift of this,” Carazo said. “You get to take this [character] and put some of yourself in it, and this can become part of your own art. I think that’s what we give every time we do this.” He talked about the necessary pain of sharing your art, and part of yourself, with an audience. “As soon as [the audience] makes contact with it, it becomes part theirs in a way. It really is an exercise in feeling rooted in what you have to say and that artist part of you.”

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While this game is rooted in Dungeons & Dragons (and much has been made of all the DMs who run games on Critical Role, as they are all very good at what they do) I wanted to know if Dungeons & Dragons was the reason that all these stories worked. Does the game system matter when it comes to this kind of performance?

Iyengar immediately said yes. “A well-designed system will help you tell exactly the kind of story you need to tell. And yes, a good player can do anything anywhere. But the reason that we have a world full of amazing indie games is because there are systems and mechanics that will help you craft exactly the kind of emotional cadence that you want or need when you’re telling a certain kind of story.”

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Carazo was quick to agree. “I believe that no matter how far you go outside of the boundaries of the system, the system will provide the frame. And if you’ve played games that are vastly different systems from one another, then you will see that the texture of the game, the entire experience is influenced by the system itself. You can take the same story and put it in a completely different system and the experience is going to change.”

Willingham, however, had a different take. “No. System does not support a good story. I feel like it’s a challenge to adapt to whatever the rigid skeleton of the system is.” (He’s very serious. Focused. He’s about to start shit in the TTRPG scene and I’m sure he knows that this is his chance to present an argument with nuance.) “I’m pretty sure if you give me a deck of Uno, and three talented performers, we could give you a crazy good story... And for us, just looking at the way these actors create their characters, there’s no shortage of material. System is just a way to execute it.”

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There’s something to be said about character decisions, emergent creation, and improv, and I want to dive into this, I want to ask more about how these performers think about performance, about how dice work in storytelling, about how games have been built up to support their intentions, but we’ve run out of time and Iyengar is really keen to say something, I can tell by the look on her face, and when Willingham sits back, I don’t even have to ask. “That was so eloquent, but you’re wrong,” Iyengar laughed.

Carazo intervened, quickly attempting to stop a blood feud between his castmates. “I think we’re all right,” he said. It all comes down to the stories told at a table, that all of these moments and interactions are about playfulness and breaking down structures that attempt to cage that in. Flexing the parts of your character, the emotions, the motivations, the intent, that are important to the story itself.

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So here it is, I think, the point of this interview: that all of this work is not just a struggle against the inevitable Calamity, but a struggle for authenticity in performance constrained by the system, and that playfulness can happen even within the constraints of the machine that is Critical Role. The other two stop talking long enough for Carazo to finish mediating. “I think it’s an interesting exercise to take the same story and then put it into different systems… We’re all saying the same kind of thing.”

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Gizmodo spoke to three members of the Calamity cast — Travis Willingham, Aabria Iyengar, and Luis Carazo — about performance, improv, and how playing to an audience impacts the play.. Sure, Critical Role has been streaming since 2015, and Adventure Zone , an “actual play” podcast of the McElroy family (comedians who also produced the My Brother, My Brother, and Me podcast), got its start in 2014, when Dungeons & Dragons ’ Fifth Edition dropped, but TTRPGs are primarily built to be played as private, “home” games.. Carazo said that he doesn’t see much of a difference between how he plays his home games and this game.. He explains something I’ve been dancing around this whole interview: the fact that this is a consumptive piece of storytelling founded on a medium that was not initially built for this kind of story making, and the fact that Critical Role is a franchise of storytelling that has become beloved and treasured by millions of listeners and fans.. Regardless of how the miniseries is “supposed” to end, Carazo explained that this belief in the story itself is a “necessary part of the game, because the characters we’re portraying believe that [they have agency] to a variety of degrees within each of them.. More than anything the actors seem to want to make the fans happy, to create a game, an experience, a story that fulfils the audience’s desires, while also staying true to what they as players want to do.. There is a part of this that feels like audience management, even though that’s not a perfect term for what Iyengar, Willingham, and Carazo are doing when they explain how they play the game.. While this game is rooted in Dungeons & Dragons (and much has been made of all the DMs who run games on Critical Role , as they are all very good at what they do) I wanted to know if Dungeons & Dragons was the reason that all these stories worked.. But the reason that we have a world full of amazing indie games is because there are systems and mechanics that will help you craft exactly the kind of emotional cadence that you want or need when you’re telling a certain kind of story.”. And if you’ve played games that are vastly different systems from one another, then you will see that the texture of the game, the entire experience is influenced by the system itself.. There’s something to be said about character decisions, emergent creation, and improv, and I want to dive into this, I want to ask more about how these performers think about performance, about how dice work in storytelling, about how games have been built up to support their intentions, but we’ve run out of time and Iyengar is really keen to say something, I can tell by the look on her face, and when Willingham sits back, I don’t even have to ask.. So here it is, I think, the point of this interview: that all of this work is not just a struggle against the inevitable Calamity, but a struggle for authenticity in performance constrained by the system, and that playfulness can happen even within the constraints of the machine that is Critical Role .

Including interviews with Dungeon Master Matt Mercer and the cast of the series, The World of Critical Role is packed with insight into what makes the series one of the most beloved RPG shows in the world.. You can see a few pieces of art by Oliver Barrett from the book below, bringing the characters and world of Critical Role ’s campaigns to life.. But read on for an excerpt making its debut here on Gizmodo, where the Critical Role team talks about why, eight years on, rolling dice and telling stories still holds a powerful magic for them that has lasted well beyond the tabletop.. Image: Oliver Barrett, Other,Image: Reprinted from The World of Critical Role.. And this as well, all of us sitting together and creating things, surprising ourselves bit by bit, and learning more about ourselves and the world by fleshing out ideas and conflict and friendship with people that we trust and care about.. “The connections you make with these people that you’re sharing the story with, that you’re building the story with,” says Matt, “the friendships that are forged, the experiences that you all will recount the tales of — it bonds like few things I’ve experienced in my life.. The World of Critical Role , published by Ten Speed Press at Penguin Random House, goes on sale October 20.

This is based around Stanislavski's acting technique and his seven questions which, over the years, I have adapted into 10 key acting questions every actor should answer in order to be a fully rounded and connected actor.. When you play a character in theatre, TV or film, you should know your character as well as you know yourself, so you can just exist and live.. Well, first a good script should give you some initial information about your character, and also what other characters say or think about your character can be very revealing.. You need to find out through detailed research what the history, economics, politics, music, art, literature, theatre, film, foods, fashion, religion might have been at the time the play was written, in order to know how you would have lived and what and who your influences were, just as you know these things in real life.. The final stage in building a character, once you've filleted the script and completed your research, is to use your imagination to flesh out the details you've gathered and bring them alive.. Once you've worked out what your action is (question 5) you then have to work out your smaller action, which is called an "activity".. By playing these chosen activities you are trying to make the actor that you are playing opposite feel something specific in order to further your action.. At this stage you should know who your character is, and your choice of active verbs should be informed by your character choice and not your personal choice.. Just as a musician or singer would rely on their score to know how to sing or play their song, an actor works out how to play the monologue, scene or play.. You'll have seen scenes on stage or screen where the inner obstacle has not been properly planted: you get a load of actors just shouting, over-emoting and sometimes just playing the aggression.. To fully transform into a character, to be truthfully and emotionally connected needs hard work, technique, good direction.

Critical Role is composed of an entertaining troupe of voice actors who get together weekly and livestream their Dungeons and Dragons adventures on Twitch.. Known as the “Mighty Nein,” the group consists of the Tiefling Cleric—Jester (Laura Bailey), the Half-Orc Warlock—Fjord (Travis Willingham), the Human Monk—Beauregard (Marisha Ray), the Firbolg Cleric—Caduceus Clay and Tiefling Blood Hunter—Mollymauk Tealeaf (Taliesin Jaffe), the Goblin Rogue—Nott the Brave (Sam Riegel), the Human Wizard—Caleb Widogast (Liam O’Brien), and the Aasimar Barbarian—Yasha (Ashley Johnson).. Many have worked on the same anime series and video games as their Dungeons and Dragons castmates.. Dungeon Master and Critical Role developer Matthew Mercer has an impressive voice acting filmography from his roles in numerous animations and video games.. Additionally, Mercer’s voice can be found in over 70 video games including Batman: Arkham Knight , Arkham Origins , and The Enemy Within, Fire Emblem: Fates, Heroes, and Awakening , Persona 4 and 5, and XenoBlade Chronicles X .. Laura Bailey is most recently known for her role as Abby in The Last of Us: Part 2 , but fans may be surprised that she also played the voice of young Trunks and others in the English dubbed Dragon Ball Z television series.. She also appears in Dragon Age: Inquisition , Fallout: New Vegas , Final Fantasy XIII , League of Legends , The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard , and numerous World of Warcraft games.. Like his fellow Critical Role actors, Riegel has starred in several anime series and video games including Yu-Gi-Oh!. Liam O’Brien has had numerous roles in animation and video games as well.. Ashley Johnson also started her career as a child actress.

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The theme of “acting”, of deceptiveness, playing, mimicking, is present throughout much of Hamlet.. With his dying breath, he declares the onlookers to be “but mutes or audience to this act” (5.2.335), hinting that all of life’s revolutions occur as a dramatic, tragic show, broken into acts with definite divisors, as in a play.. When the ghost commands Hamlet to “pursu’st this act” (1.5.84), Shakespeare first designates “act” as a request for Hamlet to carry out his father’s command, to complete a noble deed or decree.. Here, “act” hints that in order to bring about a continual pattern of change, a constantly fleeting “act a-foot”(3.2.78), Hamlet must commit a singular, independent deed as a transition.. Shakespeare puts him in direct contrast with Claudius to underscore this point; Hamlet’s theoretical musings and indecision seems ill-placed beside his uncle, who wanted and lusted and took the initiative and “pursu’st [his] act” (1.5.84).. However, as Hamlet begins to take dominance over his identity as “Hamlet, the Dane” and acts upon his new self-derived authority, he also comprehends the consequences of malicious acting, and, in his case, acting too late.. “Act”: the Theme of “Acting” in Hamlet.. ““Act”: the Theme of “Acting” in Hamlet.” GradesFixer , 13 Jun.. “Act”: the Theme of “Acting” in Hamlet.. “Act”: the Theme of “Acting” in Hamlet [Internet].

Roles to defy acting methods - to make you [the audience] experience being - or with - the characters themselves - to stagger your entity as human.. Other than that, you may also find yourself debating whether or not your favorite actor would be as defiantly vindicated to play such a stimulating and provoking character, as the other actor who has delivered it with much integrity and breathtaking power.. These roles have not only conquered critical receptions or awards - but also won the world's heart and exulted the actors' mastery of the craft.. His forthright approach to establish peace within himself and his home induces you to grab the drumometer and strike the drums for one thousand strokes in a minute to hail him, thus giving Edward Norton a great respect for accomplishing the absolute objectives of this character.. From the way he slouches to his demonic chuckles - his squeaky voice and his frantic scowls - his violent antics and his quirky moves - all the horrifying descriptions of what Batman's villain should be - roll into Heath Ledger's prime depiction of this iconic character.. Dustin Hoffman 's exceptional portrayal of restrained emotions and high-functioning mind gleams at you with wonder that you would even wish to live in his world, instead of understanding the complex concept of life.. Peculiarize a role in a psychological horror film and there's only one character that justifies its bona fide genre - Jack Torrance.. Hailed as the #1 movie villain by the American Film Institute, this powerhouse character is achieved through Anthony Hopkins ' effortless and gritty simulation of a realistic and noteworthy antihero to watch.. Out of all the movie roles who have portrayed diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS] flies in the face of all challenges.

Critical Role, best described by Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer each week as a show where “a bunch of nerdy-ass voice actors sit around and play Dungeons & Dragons” has seen a seismic shift in this last month.The company launched a Kickstarter to fund an animated special based on their Vox Machina characters featured in the first campaign of their livestreamed D&D game.. The Legend of Vox Machina fundraising campaign is, as of press time, the fifth most-successful Kickstarter campaign ever, and the CR fans, known as Critters, have continued to support the campaign and the show at every step of the way.. None of us anticipated this kind of reaction, we are so beyond grateful for this Critter community,” Critical Role cast member and Legend of Vox Machina executive producer Travis Willingham told IGN earlier this week.. “...Since the campaign launched, our whole lives have changed,” Sam Riegel, who will also executive produce the animated series and is a Critical Role cast member, told IGN.. “So much has happened as a result of these amazing fans and people who are so passionate about Critical Role, the characters, the world that we and Matt [Mercer] created.”Critical Role Legend of Vox Machina Teaser. “The shock and awe still continues,” Critical Role cast member and Creative Director Marisha Ray also told IGN, saying that the crew has “the drive to make this [series] incredible because of how incredible our community is.”And that series will offer a 10-episode show animated by the studio behind Netflix’s Big Mouth, Titmouse, and written by Star Wars: Forces of Destiny’s Jennifer Muro.. Riegel noted that, while the original storyline can be whatever they want to make it, adapting Briarwoods comes with its own exciting challenges.“We have to be faithful to the story we told and we played through,” Riegel said.. And in terms of remaining faithful to the source material of their own storytelling versus needing to adapt to 22-minute, scripted shows, Riegel explained the show is really going to focus on the story and the characters, rather than that this all originated from a tabletop RPG.. Critical Role (l-r): Sam Riegel, Liam O'Brien, Marisha Ray, Laura Bailey, Matthew Mercer, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Travis Willingham. “What we've learned from the Kickstarter and this whole experience is, these characters and this world, the world of Exandria and the legendary heroes Vox Machina are strong enough to just stand on their own,” Riegel said.. While Critical Role is currently streaming its second campaign, focusing on the characters who comprise The Mighty Nein, the animated series gives the cast, which includes Mercer, Riegel, Willingham, and Ray, as well as Ashley Johnson, Laura Bailey, Liam O’Brien, and Tailesin Jaffe, a chance to revisit beloved characters.. The Critical Role cast will be able to take that love and depth of knowledge of this world and put it back into the animated series.. Ray noted that “it's an interesting thought experiment to revert these characters back before they've had their full story arcs and their growth” for the animated series, given that Critical Role spent such a long time and progressed the group so much further into their campaign.. But that will give them all the chance to revisit beloved moments — Ray’s excited to explore a more “fresh-faced” Keyleth, her Vox Machina character, while Willingham is excited to see Riegel’s Scanlan transform into a triceratops.. The series will also offer the crew the ability to explore moments they may not have during the game, like the point-of-view of villains or backstory previously just touched on in exposition.Beyond its storytelling opportunities, though, the animated series and this Kickstarter have crystalized the relationship the Critical Role team has with its fans.

The aim of this assignment is to write a self-critique based on a role play, and reflect critically upon my strengths and limitations, that relates to the theory and knowledge regarding the use of communication and interpersonal skills, and how and when to build rapport, empathy, listening and active listening communications within a role-play.. In the conversation we had it is obvious that the interpersonal skills which are located in the video are broken down into rapport building, empathy and active listening and there processes to effective communication.. Sometimes we can procrastinate before the other person has completed talking and hence we may not be listening efficiently to the next person.. Effective conduct with effective listening contains being open to the person, sustaining attention to the person, move away from interruptions and the postponement of a response until you have clear understanding of what has been said to you (Hartley,1999, p. 57). According to DeVito (2014), Empathy and Empathic Listening, is the ability to try and feel what the other person is feeling and to see the situation as he or she does.. According to Bolton (1987) there are three components that define empathy: “The empathic individual has a delicate and precise understanding of the other person’s emotional state while upholding certain disconnectedness from the other person.. The empathic individual connects with the other person in such a way that, that person feels accepted and understood,” (Bolton, 1987, cited in Holz, 2015).. According to DeVito (2014), Empathy and Empathic Listening, is the ability to try and feel what the other person is feeling and to see the situation as he or she does.. View our services According to Bolton (1987) there are three components that define empathy: “The empathic individual has a delicate and precise understanding of the other person’s emotional state while upholding certain disconnectedness from the other person.. The empathic individual connects with the other person in such a way that, that person feels accepted and understood,” (Bolton, 1987, cited in Holz, 2015).. Sometimes we may already know what we are going to say before the other person has finished talking and hence we may not be listening effectively to the other person (Hargie, 1999, p. 120).. According to Hartley (1999), instead of listening to somebody we questioning what the person is saying while they are saying it and then lose track of what the person is saying.. Effective conduct with effective listening contains being open to the person, sustaining attention to the person, move away from interruptions and the postponement of a response until you have clear understanding of what has been said to you (Hartley,1999, p. 57). According to Bolton (1987) there are three components that define empathy: “The empathic person has a sensitive and accurate understanding of the other person’s feelings while maintaining certain separateness from the person.. Interpersonal communication has made a huge difference in the way I viewed communication, most of all it has given me a sense of reflecting and changing my personality in order to be able to build rapport, which is crucial in being a counsellor.

Information about who a character is can be given by the author in the list of characters, but most of the information can be found in the dialogue of the character and that of the other characters.. Realistic plays usually have rounded characters whereas absurd, epic, and Commedia dell Arte mostly have stereotyped characters.. A rounded character can be analyzed in depth while with a stereotyped character you will focus on one or two typical characteristics and explore that in detail.. To be able to portray the character truthfully on stage, it is important to first analyze and understand the character.. It is not always given in the character list or stage directions of the play, but mostly in what is said about the character by others or the character's own words.. This is a vast process as you would not only have to find the major goal for character in the play, but also a specific goal for each scene the character is part of.. You can create a list of questions you want to ask about the character and then find these answers from the text or your director might be able to provide you with a list of questions you should ask about the character.. If you can answer random questions such as these about your character you will know that you understand your character or it will force you to go explore further if you are in doubt.. Scripts usually provide very little information about stereotyped characters, apart from the one or two exaggerated characteristics that define the character.. When you have to portray any of these characters you have to focus on that one specific characteristic as there is usually no progression in these characters and no visible change as with rounded characters.. Even though the character is stereotyped the character will also have a goal as with a rounded character.. For rounded characters there will always be information about the character's history , personality traits, values, status and relationships with other characters.

The Induction focuses our attention on the idea of appearances being deceiving, as well as on the importance of acting and role playing, but then it stops abruptly once The Taming of the Shrew proper begins.. A bit less obvious than the physical disguises are the psychological disguises in The Taming of the Shrew .. Both Kate and Petruchio assume psychological disguises.. Psychological and physical disguises, though, aren't the only ways to look at the role playing in The Taming of the Shrew .. Besides the Induction and the obvious physical disguises (costumes, if you will), we can also see Shakespeare calling attention to his play as just that, a play, through the characters of Kate and Petruchio.

Of the intense preparation, Tatum told New York : "It's the most I've ever prepped for a six-minute section in a movie…When I'm nervous about something, I drill it to a point that is probably unhealthy, but as long as it works even halfway, I'm happy at the end of the tortuous day.". And he's certainly not the first actor to undergo massive preparation for a movie role: Many actors take their roles so seriously that they undergo extreme bodily transformations or spend months learning one esoteric skill.. The Prep : Portman trained with former New York City Ballet dancer Mary Helen Bowers for up to eight hours a day, six days a week, for over a year ahead of the shooting the film.. The Reasoning : The actress, who won an Oscar for the performance, wanted to execute [future husband] Benjamin Millepied's tricky choreography in the film herself.. The actor, who won an Oscar for the role, also went on a crash diet and lost 30 pounds in six weeks, weighing 130 pounds at his lightest during shooting.. The Reasoning : "There is an emptiness that comes with really starving that I hadn't experienced," Brody told BBC .. The Prep : The actress, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for the role, dropped 25 pounds by following a near-starvation diet that consisted of two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste per day.. The Prep : For several months before filming began, Swank, who won an Oscar for the role, went out in public dressed as a male, with her hair chopped off and her breasts bandaged to be flat.. The Prep : In addition to extensive research on Wuornos, the actress, who won an Oscar for the role, gained 30 pounds for the part.. "I don't know how I could have played that part with this body," she told Stumped .. The Prep : Gere had been working with the Coalition for Homeless for many years and was able to speak directly with many homeless New Yorkers ahead of shooting.

As an agile leader, Kim works with business leaders around the world to build and strengthen governance, strategy, organizational alignment, and operational excellence.. Is it time for a better job?You current position is a good fit for you.. As an agile leader, Kim works with business leaders around the world to build and strengthen governance, strategy, organizational alignment, and operational excellence.. CLOSE When workers describe the best and worst bosses they have ever worked for; they focus on qualities that are entirely under the boss’s control, such as passion, insight, and honesty.. My boss respects team members time and the reality that people have lives outside of work. Do You Work For A Good Boss?A great boss is aware of their own style and makes the effort to learn how their style actually comes across to their team.. A good boss makes his/her team members realize they have more ability than they think they have so that they consistently do better work than they thought they could.. The best bosses aren't bosses - they are leaders — for a leader their position is a career.. Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says "Go!". A bad boss makes work drudgery — a leader makes it interesting.. CLOSE Choose Right or Wrong for each of the following statements: A personality test can reliably predict that the candidate will fail to meet your expectations on the job more than 50% of the time.. Knowledge of Personality AssessmentsPersonality tests alone had an incredibly low rate of success (6%) in predicting job fit, or either excellence or failure in actual job performance.

None of this is to say that we would prefer it if Hollywood was a little less crazy.. The crazy is what makes good movies!. In order to get in shape for the lead role, Min-sik Choi trained for six weeks and dropped 20 pounds.. Also notable, is the scene which required him to eat a live octopus, which Min-sik Choi really did.. This is yet another example of an actor losing a crap ton of weight for a movie role, but this is one of the few on this list that did not result in an Academy Award win, or even a nomination.. Prior to filming the portion of the movie that portrayed the younger version of the boxer, De Niro spent three months training with the real LaMotta until he was deemed capable enough of boxing professionally.. Now that is taking your performance to heart.. Daniel Day-Lewis is well known for his immersive movie performances, which have won him three Oscars to date, which is more than any other actor.

You can practise role-plays and learn a proven framework to pass ANY role-play in our Role-Play Masterclass .. A role-play exercises are an assessment activity in which candidates act out an imaginary scenario that closely mirrors real-life situations that could occur in the job they have applied for.. For highly-detailed practice role-plays and to learn elite role-play techniques you should take a look at the Role-Play Masterclass .. Having a clear plan before you begin the role-play exercise is essential but it’s equally as important that the activity unfolds as naturally as possible, so don’t formulate a rigid plan and expect things to pan out exactly as you have written on your piece(s) of paper.. You can practise detailed role-play exercice and watch a 45-minute coaching video that walks you through your copy of the ACHQ Elite Role-Play Performance Framework™ in the Role-Play Masterclass .. To prepare for a role-play interview, some people recommend role-playing interviews with a friend, while others suggest practicing in front of a mirror.

Role-playing takes place between two or more people, who act out roles to explore a particular scenario.. Also, by preparing for a situation using role-play, you build up experience and self-confidence with handling the situation in real life, and you can develop quick and instinctively correct reactions to situations.. You can also use role-play to spark brainstorming sessions, to improve communication between team members, and to see problems or situations from different perspectives.. For instance, if the aim of your role-play is to practice a sales meeting, the person playing the role of the potential client could start as an ideal client, and, through a series of scenarios, could become increasingly hostile and difficult.. In an effort to improve customer support, John, Customer Service Manager for Mythco Technologies, sets up a team role-playing session.. He divides the 12 people into two groups: Group A represents the customer support representatives; Group B represents the customer.. John tells Group A that the customer in this situation is one of Mythco's longest-standing customers.. Key Points Role-playing happens when two or more people act out roles in a particular scenario.

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