RUNNINGCRITIC’S GUIDE TO → How to create a worthy In Character para sample.
For me, I would never resort myself to giving an OOC para for my audition. I want to show the admins that I could roleplay the character I wanted without much difficulties. Do you know why admins write ‘preferably’ on their apps? Because they tend to prefer people who wanted to be so dedicated to a role that they are willing to show the admin that through their para sample.
IC para samples will give you a bigger chance of getting a certain role. If you are applying for a character who apparently have around 3 apps, then go for the IC para sample route. Who knows? Maybe you are the one who portray the character the best (while the others submit an OOC para).
Here are a few things that (I feel) you should do for writing a great para sample.
001. GET TO KNOW YOUR CHARACTER’S PERSONALITY.
Yes, para sample are often asked to be in 3rd person, but that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate your character’s personality into your para sample. It makes the para sample look like a visualization of what really happen; it’s as if your character is the one telling the story.
If you character’s slightly sarcastic, condescending, and rude, don’t be afraid to write with this personality (you can write using sarcasm, how your character feels that they are wasting time at a certain place, how they hate people, and possibly use mild profanities here and there)
If your character is sweet, shy, and polite, incorporate this to your para sample (meaning you should use polite words, think positively, and talk about how shy you are without going to extremes).
002. FIND ANY IMPORTANT HISTORY, PAST, OR HOBBIES IN THEIR BIOS.
You need to be able to understand your character. Usually, bios would specify about a certain event that makes a character a certain way. Write about said event or events. That’s the most common thing to do in para samples.
Did their parents died? Did they involve themselves in any fight? Any terrible birthdays they have? Any break ups that affected them deeply? If your character arrived at a dorm/school/island/hotel/etc. How do they feel?
You can also write about theirs hobbies. Maybe they have a past time they love so much that they can’t imagine their lives without it.
003. ANY SIGNIFICANT OTHERS?
Relationships are a crucial part of a human being. Nobody here could live alone, humans depend on each other. Search for these people in the character’s bio.
You can always write about lost love, relationship of your character with their parents, their siblings, their family, friends. Any relationships they wish to have?
Even if your character is depicted as being a loner, do they ever have a crush on anybody? Do they even consider having friends? What motives lead them to this? Write about their relationship with their families and friends.
004. ADD IN A LITTLE BIT OF YOUR HEADCANON FOR THAT CHARACTER.
If you are going to play a character, at some point you are bound to make some headcanons for them. As soon as you are accepted the character is technically a part of you. You will need to have a bigger imagination to expand the character. It’s all on you.
You can start by doing it in your IC para sample. Do not go overboard with this. Follow the bio!
If you are writing about their family: what activities did they used to do together in their past time? Give some cute little facts about them. This will show the admins that you can do headcanons of your character without being too much.
005. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, WRITE AS THOUGH YOU ARE IN THEIR HEADS.
You can’t just write action, conversation, action, conversation. Everybody can write like that, but it takes a lot from a person to take on a character’s mind and personality.
Write a little bit of their thoughts, do not just write about what actions they are doing or the words they are saying. Do some ramblings or drabbles in their head. Show the admins what your character is feeling and that you can portray their thoughts perfectly. Use tip number 1 to make it all better!
Not only will writing a para sample gives you a better chance to get a role, but they would help you realize whether you can really play a character.
If you are comfortable with writing an IC para sample for a certain character then you are suited for the role. If you still have doubts, well, you can challenge yourself or back out and try to find another character.
Basically, IC para samples are not dreadful, they help you and the admins. Take time to make them and do not rush them.
If you are worried that the admins would accept an application before you can finish yours, you can:
Hope that helps.
Happy writing, Runners!