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A new persona

Casey Cyr, Get Real

Have you ever felt like you wanted to live in someone else’s shoes just to test them out to see if they are the right fit?

Actors and actresses do this all the time. They morph into a new persona and begin to view the world through a new set of eyes.

This Christmas I have the opportunity to play the role of “Angel” in a play at church. Over the past couple of weeks I have had a blast with the different reactions I get while practicing my lines and trying to become my character.

When I first started practicing I had to conjure up the best southern accent I could manage and be able to maintain it for longer than a sentence. This was a task in and of itself!

Once I nailed that part of my character I then had to step into her personality and know how she would react in the situations she will be presented with on stage.

This is the hard part.

Sure you can read a bunch of lines and try your best to act like the person, but to actually step into their shoes is another story.

I began practicing my lines with my dad at home and becoming more confident as time went on. I soon took my acting skills to work with me and became my character in the washroom.

I figured that my co-workers would wonder why I was talking to myself behind the door, so I brought Angel out and began to practice with my colleague to spice it up a bit. I wanted to put my character in different circumstances to see how she would react.

Well, let me tell you, my co-worker said that if I actually talked like a Texan woman every day I would annoy her. In the long run I guess I can take that as a compliment.

It’s a good thing I’m not “Angel” every day.

What I’m learning from this whole acting business is that it’s certainly better to be myself.

Secondly, I can be thankful that I don’t talk like Angel because I think I would scare people.

Needless to say if you are thinking that it would be better for you to walk in someone else’s shoes for a day, you may just find out afterwards that it’s better to wear your own shoes, just like I did.

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