Hollywood Hookup

I was told by one teacher a short cut to visualizing your characters is to figure out who would play them on the big screen. This takes your characters and makes them real. Actual  solid pictures you can write your character bio on. This can also help with dialogue because you can imagine you’re character’s vocal patterns and nuances based on the actor’s work.

Using this is a great shortcut, but I always worry it could limit my characters too. I don’t want my characters to only be available actors/actresses; my imagination has more versatility than that. Also, I may see Ron Perlman’s body with Tony Curran’s attitude, or vice versa. I take it as a good place to start and build from, but not the end of my characters by any stretch of my imagination.

As such, I tend to make my characters first then match them once they’ve solidified. Working on my revisions with my cast clearly in my head, I’m finally having the fun of casting them.  This will be an ongoing process as I search IMDB and my movie memory. But after, I’ll be able to tweak my character bio’s based on both the actors and my work, thus making it stronger through the rest of the story and series.

In fact, just in today’s revisions, I needed to add description that hadn’t been solidified by this point in my first draft. Bringing up my pictures of the actor allowed me to find better descriptors than just my mind had. A useful tool, especially when trying to write fast.

Without further ado, my list as it stands now:

Jax- Victor Webster

Michael- Chris Hemsworth

Ventri- Tom Hardy

Brac- Cam Gigandet

Russ- Josh Hutcherson

Lester-Avery Brooks

Ian Nethers- Tony Curran/Ron Perlman

Elias- Gary Oldman

Alex- Lena Headdy

Tressa- January Jones


About Courtney Sloan

A New Orleans native, Courtney Sloan relocated to the hills of Central Maryland after Hurricane Katrina. There she lives with her husband and fellow author, J.P. Sloan, their son and their crazy German Shepherd pup. Adding to her writing life, Courtney is also a professor at the local college and enjoys learning a world of new ideas from her students as she teaches them about writing and communicating. Courtney’s New Orleans upbringing has left her with a love for the macabre and a flare for the next to normal. She writes speculative fiction with a variety of horror and sass mixed in for flavor. She loves taking the world of politics that haunts us now, and adding the supernatural to create a gumbo of thrills to keep you up at night. A self-proclaimed lover of way too many fandoms, Courtney also loves crafting. From blankets to jams to stories, it’s always better homemade. View all posts by Courtney Sloan

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