May 24, 2009

Discovering My Type

So, a few weeks ago, I was reading Bonnie Gillespie's weekly column and this particular column was about discovering your type. In the acting world, your "type" is essentially how you market yourself as an actor, what kinds of roles you submit yourself for, and how others would cast you. Bonnie suggested that if you are still unsure about your type, try asking people who know you to give your words that describe you. Yes, sometimes submitting and casting be more complicated than just having a type. Many talented actors play characters that are NOTHING like who they are in real life, that's one the of the things that makes being a performer so beautiful. But that's another facet of acting to be dealt with at another time and Bonnie explains it beautifully in this column entry

My main reason for pinning down my type at this moment is so that I can choose a headshot (when I finally get them done) that will best represent me because my current headshots and comp cards just aren't getting the job done in a way that I would like. It's time to step up my game. Because my primary focus right now is commercials and commercial print, nailing my type will be most effective in helping me make smarter choices in my career and I feel like it will get me better results with casting directors. Commercials/commercial print is all about the "real person".  While I have a pretty good idea of my "type", I felt that it would be good to see how others perceive me. Sometimes people can't be objective when describing themselves so I asked some of my closest friends and family members to give me 5-10 adjectives that they feel best describe me. I also asked people who may not know me well or have only known me on-line and I've compiled a (long) list of words. Most were predictable, some funny, and some quite surprising. Some were said more than once and I wanted to make sure that I listed any repeated words just in case I saw a pattern. I haven't left anything out. 

strong
determined
beautiful
funny
kind
beautiful
charismatic
beautiful
intelligent
sweet
confident
delicate but not weak
commanding
sexy
outspoken
energetic
outgoing
vibrant
wild child
upper crust
stylish
sensual
sexy
confident
smart
headstrong
opinionated
personable
loyal
stylish
strong
selfish
seducer
sassy
popular
judgemental
hottie
gorgeous
feisty
cunning
big city
bitch
assertive
vulnerable
outgoing
personable
vibrant
friendly
happy
pleasant
diva
outspoken
educated
strong minded
stubborn
hard working
sensitive
determined
beautiful
confident
intelligent
demanding
stubborn
loving
caring
driven
vulnerable
exciting
sexy
funny
sensitive
bossy
athletic
natural
sensual
influential
firecracker
lazy
complex

Whew! That was a lot!! I'm very thankful to everyone that took the time out to help me. My next step is take these adjectives and create a logline that describes my type. I played around with a few things and what I came up with was: "I'm a beautiful, sweet and sassy firecracker with a commanding presence and tell it like it is nature; but with a vulnerability that only those closest to me get to see". I may tweak it a bit more but so far, it sounds pretty accurate. Now I just need some photos that best represent that. Thanks again to everyone that helped me!


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