Creating Personal Narrative

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Telling personal narratives and making art out of one’s own life can be a transformative lesson for actors for several reasons:


Personal narratives allow actors to tap into their own experiences and emotions, bringing a level of truthfulness to their performance. Actors can learn from their own vulnerabilities, struggles, and triumphs, and use this knowledge to create characters.

Emotional connection:

When actors tell their own stories, they have a deep emotional connection to the material. Actors can effectively convey a broad range of emotions to their audience due to their significant emotional investment.


Examining and reflecting on one’s own life experiences through personal narratives can enhance self-awareness of actors. This process allows them to delve into their own psyche, gaining insights into their strengths, weaknesses, fears, and aspirations. Understanding their own character can help actors make better choices when portraying other characters in the future. By delving into the complexity of one’s own life, they can understand that things are not always as they appear, and that there are often deeper layers beneath the surface. By uncovering the true story or connection they have with another person, an actor can avoid falling into the trap of stereotypes and cliches.

Empathy and understanding:

When actors tell personal narratives and take on different roles from their real-life scenarios, they can step out of their own experiences and gain insight into the experiences of others. Actors may discover unexpected similarities and connections with others as they delve into their own stories. This understanding of diverse experiences can broaden their ability to empathize.


Even if only utilized for training, personal stories can have a profound effect, empowering actors to incorporate a deeper sense of profundity and frailty into their performances.

Overall, personal narratives facilitate a unique journey of self-discovery, emotional connection, empathy, and personal growth for actors. Encouraging actors to explore their personal experiences can reveal hidden emotions and create powerful performances that resonate with audiences.

Workshop: Creating Personal Narrative with Martin Moran and Directing Personal Narrative with Tomer Adorian

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