What You Observe – Apply The Why

Let’s review. As humans we have very sophisticated programming to be social – to interact. At the beginning of every interaction you have two choices. Keep your attention on yourself or place your focus on the other person. If you focus on yourself, you become self-conscious and introspective. You miss the cues those other humansContinue reading “What You Observe – Apply The Why”

A Connections Is Made – Use Your Lifetime of Experience

As humans, we are always sending out information about the way we feel and what we are thinking. We are instinctively trained to receive these cues and react – based on that information and what you want to accomplish. Simply giving those cues value and allowing them to affect you creates a genuine connection. SendingContinue reading “A Connections Is Made – Use Your Lifetime of Experience”

How Connections Are Made – First Step

You are wearing a character costume in an immersive environment. You’re staged in one place and there is a queue of guest waiting to meet you. Your job is to connect and have a fantastic interaction with every guest. The most fundamental way to connect with another person is to share eye contact with them.Continue reading “How Connections Are Made – First Step”

A Little History

Defining The Why is your key to creating a full character. The work to build a full character is one half of the job. The other half, in interactive entertainment, is connecting the character with visitors. Before I get into connecting, a little flashback on how these ideas came into being. I was responsible toContinue reading “A Little History”

The Why. First Step – what to look for

The Why is a critical concept in developing a fantastic interactive character. The Why comes in two flavors. You have to have them both. Uncover The Why and you find; 1) The driving reason your character is in this story, 2) The compelling reason your character does what they do at any given moment. AsContinue reading “The Why. First Step – what to look for”

Consistency Isn’t Everything

                  Consistency in Character:                   Most living beings can and will do the most unbelievable things. And, to their way of looking at it, they do it with good reason.                   It follows that any character is liable to do anything.                   Of course, in the operational environments we work in, the performer must beContinue reading “Consistency Isn’t Everything”

What’s Creating Interactive Characters?

I love the creativity in being an interactive performer. I am passionate about the craft (and discipline) it takes to do what we do. The Interactive Characters blog is the result of wanting to share what I’ve learned in decades of working in immersive venues. Theme parks, conventions, trade shows, festivals, faires; you name it,Continue reading “What’s Creating Interactive Characters?”