When a novice actor does a scene where his character cries, his first instinct is to “make” himself cry. He does this in one of two ways–either he obsesses over all the sad things in his life, or in the character’s life, until he can squeeze out a real tear; or he pantomimes crying by making crying sounds and scrunching up his face.
Either choice is understandable, but the effect is fake. In the first instance the audience sees a dude who is trying too hard and in the second they see a caricature of real life. Neither is good theatre.
Novice social media users can be spotted in similar ways. The “method” users can be found over-sharing the personal details of their lives from their business twitter account while the pantomimers are busy setting up automatic “thanks for following me, please visit my website!” direct messages.
Luckily, there are other (better) options. Continue reading