Disconnecting With Your Character at the End of the Day

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Hello Amy, Thank you for taking the time to read this. When I commit to a character, I really commit. So much so, that it can be difficult for me to separate my character from my everyday life. I recently shot a scene for a short film where the person playing my significant other passed away in a horrible car accident, and I had to go to a really dark place to conjure up the feelings of hopelessness and loss. After we finally got the shot, it was extremely difficult for me to disconnect from that character. I know that no one really died, but I can’t go from being in an emotionally traumatic state to feeling completely fine, and it can sometimes affect me for a few days. My question is, once the scene is over and I go home, how can I keep my work life as work, and get on with my everyday life outside of it? Any advice would be great. Thank you, Robert
Hi Robert. Everyone works differently to get to where they need to go for each role that they play. That is how you work. I say, kudos to you for wanting to get to the exact truth in your work even when it does take a toll on your personal life. Respect that that is what you need to do even after all said and done. Maybe it’s not done for you. Allow yourself to work through whatever it is you need to work through in its natural time. In drama, it is oftentimes very difficult to detach. If it’s truly causing you grief, then perhaps exam why you need to hold onto it longer than necessary. You might also consider your everyday life is your work life and visa versa. 
 
I’m auditioning for the role of Sam Watts for the Netflix show Antarctica. Sam is supposed to be on the autistic spectrum. For my self-tape, where on the spectrum should I act? I want to act true to the character but not go overboard. What do you suggest?
I can’t fully speak to that without seeing the script, but I feel that as long as you are in truth and it is speaking from every pore in your body, then you can never go overboard. That is, if your actions are completely supported by the writer’s intent then whatever that character does is true to form. The term “overboard or over the top” just simply means, not in exact truth. Sit and marinate on where that character is for you emotionally and spend time knowing exactly what you are saying, doing and feeling and stop worrying about the result.
 
I’m very nervous speaking in front on people how do I overcome that if I go for an audition? Ellie
Hi Ellie. Know that it’s the character speaking, not you. You are simply channeling the character through you. You’re a vehicle of pure emotion. Get out of the way and let the character speak. It’s freeing to know that you get to express yourself using another person to do it. I hope that helps.
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Amy Lyndon Amy Lyndon is an International Celebrity Booking Coach, CEO and Author of “The Lyndon Technique: The 15 Guideline Map To Booking.” She has 40+ Series Regulars, an Emmy Winner, an Imagen Award Winner and 1000’s of Working Actors around the globe all using her Technique. She’s also an Award Winning Actress, Director and Writer currently with 100+ IMDB credits and was the CEO and Personal Manager of Gold-Levin Talent for 9 years. Check out her technique here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thelyndontechnique

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