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    practical experience, FTW Zoe R's Avatar
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    Picking out celebrities that match your characters

    Does anyone else do this? Sometimes it helps me focus how I'm imagining a character - and sometimes it's really hard to find an actor I think embodies them!

    I was looking for a Father to my 26 year old MC and realized Dylan McDermott is old enough, holy crap! I guess I'm that weird age where celebs I had crushes on as a teenager (who were in their 20s/30s then) are now over 50! LOL

    Anyone fun you've surprised yourself with?


    EDIT: It's late... my title should read, Picking out celebrities WHO match your characters -LOL
    Last edited by Zoe R; 04-05-2017 at 12:47 PM.

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    Yep, all characters are a different version of Tom Cruise

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    practical experience, FTW Zoe R's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curlz View Post
    Yep, all characters are a different version of Tom Cruise


    Lol, but taller?

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    I never have, but one day I realized the male main character of my work-in-progress is described so that he looks exactly like Sami Zayn. Could be worse, I guess!

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    If my unwritten novels were made into movies, I'd hope they'd be animated...

    My sense of characters is usually more impressions than concrete actor/actress characteristics. Once in a while I see someone who might fit the part, but I don't know that I've ever had a casting choice in mind when I write them (fanfic excepted, of course - and then it's the character, not the actor. Never been as big on actors as the characters they portray, fantasy being much more forgiving than reality.)
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    All of my characters are based on various anime, so there are no celebrities that look like them lol

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    Not particularly, but I did have trouble writing my current MC until she started sounding like Charlie Covell in my head.

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    I do this sometimes but recently I have found myself trying to match them with people I know in RL. I think it's the kind of story I'm writing now.

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    I don't usually do this, but once I came across a celebrity that fit my vision of a character so well: Gemma Ward, a model I'd never heard of when I was first writing my vampire/shapeshifter novels. I saw a picture of her after I'd already envisioned this girl character whose looks her vampire master altered via magic, to make her beautiful in a particular, kind of cold and haughty way... I was kind of surprised by how very much my Remarra looked like this Gemma Ward person, hah.

    Generally my characters don't look model-beautiful, so celebrities don't usually resemble them too closely; this especially goes for my female characters, since female celebrities are practically required to be (a certain type of) beautiful.

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    Go down road, go pub. Mary Mitchell's Avatar
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    OMG I actually have a Onedrive file of photos of actresses and actresses of varying ages whose typical roles embody particular personality styles. I find it so much easier to characterize one of my own characters when I can mentally see them and hear them speak. When I'm having trouble with a character, I consult the photo file and go, "There--that's who I'm trying to depict."
    It's a simple fact of life that not everyone will be your target audience.

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    I barely know what most of my characters look like, but I would want Vanessa Ferlito (NCIS: New Orleans) to play the vampire in my Urban Fantasy WIP, and I would want Jasika Nicole (Fringe) to play the non-magical terrorist in my intended sequel.

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    I do this, too. It's one of my favorite ways to procrastinate.
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    Not necessarily celebrities, but anyone for whom I can find a reasonable amount of pics online. Models, athletes, politicians, musicians. I don't use them so much for my character's description, but for a mental picture of my character as they go about the cheating, killing, saving, lying, protecting, screwing of everyday life in a fictional story. For me, it helps them seem realer.

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    My husband always wants me to do this, but my characters are always so firmly set in my head, I can't imagine another person as being them. I see them as individuals in my mind's eye, and just like I can't pick out a famous person who could be my mother, husband or best friend, I can't cast someone as these characters.
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    Unless there is someone out there who looks like an auburn-furred, bushy-tailed, fox-like being I couldn't do it.
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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin Sweet Escape's Avatar
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    I do! I also am quite familiar with the concept of using pictures of public figures like actors, models, musicians and sometimes YouTube vloggers that have gained enough popularity for my characters as I also have joined role play games in the past. Such things are done all the time in role play games where people use certain faces for their characters and it gives you a clear idea of how your character looks like. Sometimes it can be a reason to procrastinate, lol and I can get indecisive, but it can be fun to do! Casting your characters as if you are casting for a tv show or movie. It can be tricky though when I am not sure at all how my character looks like and I find myself being a little stuck... But I look at faces that I like I guess. I can overthink it sometimes though, like: Is this person age-approriate for the character? Do I use younger pictures if this person has them available to represent how my character looks like? Then I think I should just do whatever because it is not like anyone will know that I used say for example, the actress Karen Gillan as how I picture my character to look like
    Last edited by Sweet Escape; 04-21-2017 at 11:42 PM.

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    Not usually, but every now and then one pops up on screen that makes me think "that's him!" Most recently it was Tom Hiddleston in Crimson Peak, minus the whole horror/murder aspect. And it's usually the way the actor portrays a mannerism or attitude in a specific character, not the actor himself that I look at.

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    I've done this for two different books I wrote - the first one ever (and I looked at stock images haha), and the last one I finished to help separate the two main characters in my head from the two main characters of the previous book. They had some overlapping characteristics so I needed some firm images to get it through my head that they were different.

    The coolest/weirdest thing about it was I could pick an actor for my male MC in no time, but I ended up pulling like 5 for my female MC. Definitely a fun exercise that I'll probably do again ☺️
    Last edited by ESGrace; 04-22-2017 at 04:49 AM. Reason: Typo

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