Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Breaking the Mold
Going to keep it short and sweet this Hump Day, due to some out of town visitors.
My mom and sister flew down from Kentucky on Monday and, boy, were their arms tired (rimshot!) Like a lot of folks from out of town, they wanted to see Disney World....so we made the hour and a half long trek up to The Magic Kingdom.
As we walked around the park, I noticed all the cast members who were walking around in character, smiling, waving, and I started thinking about how they did it. I mean, how did they handle jerky/rude visitors? I've never seen it, first hand, but I assume they continue to smile and remain friendly. Kind of like that line in the movie "Roadhouse" (yeah, I've seen it....don't judge...) where Patrick Swayze's character tells them to "be nice until it's time to....not....be nice."
As I thought about that, a question popped into my mind....
How important do you think it is for your characters to stay in character? Now, by that I mean how far do you think a character can "grow" or "evolve" before they stray away from your original concept of said character? Not that I'm saying a character 'takes on a life of it's own'....though I know some see it that way, and that's o.k too...but, I'm talking about the ebb and flow of the story dictating a character start behaving in a way not in your original character concept.
Do you let your characters change, in ways you weren't really anticipating, as the story progresses?
Ever been to Disney? How did you like it?