The Power of Your Backstory in Knowing Who You Are and Who You’re About to Become

Don’t Get Stuck in Your Past, Use it as “Information Only” and Watch What Happens

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
- Maya Angelou

No one arrives at this very moment in time without a past.

In story development, we call it a backstory.

I took acting classes for years in Los Angeles with two notable teachers, Stella Adler, and Jeff Corey. Both were great actors, and both had a remarkable gift to teach other actors how to develop characters that come alive on stage and film.

Jeff Corey was the first to introduce me to the idea of the backstory. He said you couldn’t develop a full character until you know who they are. If the script doesn’t tell you what happened from birth to how they became the character on the page, then you make it up. He also added this tidbit… every character needs to have a secret.

The audience may never know the secret exists, but the actor does. It’s the key to giving...

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