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Offline Alexandra Johanna

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Re: One Persona or Two? Or just call you Sybil!
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2011, 01:44:21 AM »
So much variety! Some people have one, some have veritable cavalcades! But isn't that the beauty of faire?

I think the fairy is the one I'll be working on next, as least when it comes to wardrobe. I could use something to lift my spirits and one of my favorite things about faire is interacting with the children that notice my shoulder puppet in my wench outfit. Being a playful, gentle fairy sounds like a very pleasant way to pass a day. And maybe also an excuse to get a new, more colorful woodbaby next season!

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Re: One Persona or Two? Or just call you Sybil!
« Reply #16 on: October 05, 2011, 10:20:38 AM »
I've been garbing since 1999 and prefer to stick to my 'Highlander in Great Kilt' character.  I've made small changes to the kit over the years, improving on my bonnet and changing shoes, leggings, and shirts to be more authentic.  I've actually back-tracked on shoes to a more comfortable, thicker-soled "brogue".  And, I've added a walking stick, a wooden tankard, and haversack in the more recent years.
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Re: One Persona or Two? Or just call you Sybil!
« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2012, 11:39:26 AM »
I think its interesting that people either tend to change personas frequently, or not much at all.
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Re: One Persona or Two? Or just call you Sybil!
« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2012, 02:47:31 PM »
At the moment 14 that have been costumed, fleshed out and used at multiple faires.  In the closet waiting to come out and be costumed are about 30 more :)

It never ends, and is always tons of fun creating something new, challenging, and exciting to show off :)

You still amaze me, Embyrre.

On the other hand, it's pretty much just Merlin for me. The beard would keep me from doing some of your characters, Embyrre.  I would like to learn to be in the character more. I suppose it's mostly a matter of practice.
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Re: One Persona or Two? Or just call you Sybil!
« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2012, 05:18:46 PM »
Characters fascinate me. I loved make believe as a child. I love it now. It seems like Faire is one of the only places where its "okay" to make believe as an adult. With the way reality is these days, is it any wonder it's becoming more and more popular?

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Re: One Persona or Two? Or just call you Sybil!
« Reply #20 on: April 06, 2012, 05:06:51 AM »
Characters fascinate me. I loved make believe as a child. I love it now. It seems like Faire is one of the only places where its "okay" to make believe as an adult. With the way reality is these days, is it any wonder it's becoming more and more popular?

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Not necessarily, both from the reality stand point and from the "play" standpoint.

I was taught that as a teacher, one puts on a certain face, a certain personalty when they walk in the door. Their problems in life are left outside and what better way to do that than not be that person while teaching? One may not be a totally different person but they might be focusing on a certain quality, borrowing from another character to achieve their goal. So for teaching, I might be using an image of "Francis 7" or "V.H. Adderly" (ie, very friendly, positive, upbeat) to focus my presentation.

I once had a project report where the team disintegrated right before the report was to be given. As other presentations were being given, I organized my thoughts of what I was going to say, then got up there and played/mimiced Civil War historian/college president Frank Vandiver and got it done. I copied his mannerisms, the way he spoke when I heard him talk years earlier. "Playing him" was a blast. Of course, I wasn't actually being him, but I was using his presence to align my actions to.

It is possible that in the future, I might have the job as MC and if I do, I am likely to play a character doing that, whether partially or totally.

As it is, I do love to be other people, whether acting, dancing, or for that matter, being in the audience. It's fun, it makes it easier to let the show interact with one.

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Re: One Persona or Two? Or just call you Sybil!
« Reply #21 on: April 06, 2012, 08:44:33 AM »
At the moment 14 that have been costumed, fleshed out and used at multiple faires.  In the closet waiting to come out and be costumed are about 30 more :)

It never ends, and is always tons of fun creating something new, challenging, and exciting to show off :)

You still amaze me, Embyrre.

On the other hand, it's pretty much just Merlin for me. The beard would keep me from doing some of your characters, Embyrre.  I would like to learn to be in the character more. I suppose it's mostly a matter of practice.

Staying in character can be difficult depending upon where you are performing and the people one encounters.  I have had a few people run up and call me by my real name and they get solidly ignored.  I figure if someone goes to a lot of trouble and expense to bring forth any character to the public they deserve the respect as a performer to be addressed by what they are presenting.

and thank you, Merlin  the feeling is mutual!
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Re: One Persona or Two? Or just call you Sybil!
« Reply #22 on: April 06, 2012, 08:19:16 PM »
I have many different persona's. They just are not 100% final. I don't think any of my outfit will ever be done since I always find some way to tweak some of them every season.
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Re: One Persona or Two? Or just call you Sybil!
« Reply #23 on: April 06, 2012, 08:47:31 PM »
When I'm teaching I'm sah bum nim its not playing a roll exactly but it goes with the uniform and my outward persona is different more formal because that is what is required to teach the art.  Its kinda like that at faire when I'm Beare there is a uniform and a place and to me its part of what being at faire is about.  While the name is the same the uniform is different at Sherwood than at Scarby so persona changes a little, less formal at Sherwood were I'm just Beare compared to  Scarby were I'm Sir Richard Beare. 
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Re: One Persona or Two? Or just call you Sybil!
« Reply #24 on: April 07, 2012, 07:02:24 AM »
At the moment 14 that have been costumed, fleshed out and used at multiple faires.  In the closet waiting to come out and be costumed are about 30 more :)

It never ends, and is always tons of fun creating something new, challenging, and exciting to show off :)

You still amaze me, Embyrre.

On the other hand, it's pretty much just Merlin for me. The beard would keep me from doing some of your characters, Embyrre.  I would like to learn to be in the character more. I suppose it's mostly a matter of practice.

Staying in character can be difficult depending upon where you are performing and the people one encounters.  I have had a few people run up and call me by my real name and they get solidly ignored.  I figure if someone goes to a lot of trouble and expense to bring forth any character to the public they deserve the respect as a performer to be addressed by what they are presenting.

and thank you, Merlin  the feeling is mutual!

It's tough enough in class where you prep to submerge into character before class but then you have to deal with the prof before you perform. I've been experimenting with subcharacters to maintain the main character and yet have an interface though it is not perfect yet. Further, sometimes, as when I did Creon, the subcharacter approach is flawed so the performance is flawed. One approach I've considered is a subcharacter who can play me. It is needed for some time, some day, there will be a director out there interacting with me, not the character.

One of the good things about playing DT Masters is that a lot of people know me by that name. Granted, they know who I am in real life often enough as well so it isn't perfect but as the song goes, "it gives me time to think".

I think one needs to learn to respect the performer for who they are portraying; that is something that I did not know early on. On the other hand, though, it goes both ways. When one is not performing, they want those around them to interact with them as they really are, not as the person they were on stage. For those not in this world to some extent, that point is often tough to get around......ie, Shatner's "Get a life"?
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Re: One Persona or Two? Or just call you Sybil!
« Reply #25 on: September 11, 2013, 08:30:41 AM »
Mainly just one for myself, I have Elspeth Forbeys as a backup if I want to go as a Scot.
Your subject line caught my eye as I have a Bulldog named Lady Sybil Duchess of Morpork.
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