I went to a typing class at The Actors Network yesterday (no, not like computer typing we had in elementary school where you’re not supposed to look at the keyboard and you do anyway– typing as in casting for actors/what type of characters can I pull off). As a group, we circled words from lists of adjectives, personality types, occupations, etc that fit each actor based on their look and how they introduced themselves. I would love to share some of the data I received as I think it speaks to how widely varied people’s perceptions can be.
This is out of a group of 18 people, and is just based on me sitting in a chair:
Despite the fact that 10 people said I looked wholesome, and 4 people thought I could play a virgin, 2 people thought I could play a slut and another 2, a prostitute. I don’t know if that’s better or worse than stripper, which no one marked me down for.
2 people said I could play a mom (I almost threw up when I read that), yet 13 people prefer me as a babysitter.
11 people said I looked sweet, and 10 said kind, but 5 people said I looked like a bitch (I get that a lot, actually…).
No one thought I looked like a biker or criminal, but 2 people did say I looked like a homewrecker.
4 people thought I looked like I could play an intellectual while another 4 people thought I should play an airhead.
Unfortunately no one thought I looked like I could pull off someone from the FBI or CIA, but 4 people thought I could play a princess, and that is all I need in life.