CONFLICTED LOYALIST

Jon Voight in The 5 People You Meet in Heaven; Denzel Washington in Coach Carter; Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn; Reese Witherspoon in Wild, Pleasantville and Sweet Home Alabama; Jack Nicholson in Prizzi's Honor; Audrey Hepburn in The Nun's Story; Amy Adams in Leap Year

... is a soldier questioning her superior, a mother who feels guilty about having a job, a police detective, a teacher, a doctor, as well as the Secretary of State trying to keep her country and her family intact.  All these characters walk the line between loyalty and self-preservation. They are caught between staying safe or defying the rules of culture, marriage, race, or religion in order to make a choice that brings them happiness and hope.

Chord Colors: Emerald Green, Irish Green : Green is the anticipation of things to come.

UNSUNG WARRIOR OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

Robin Williams in Patch Adams; Ryan Reynolds in The Proposal;"Paula" in My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

...​is the quiet person who finds purpose and grace in doing small heroic acts of kindness. The co-worker who always keeps the coffee pot full, the friend who remembers everyone's birthday, the doctor, social worker, and lawyer who barter their services for those who can't afford to pay. These people don't need a billboard to recognize their kind actions; they're content when others are happy. The flipside to this is burnout or being taken for granted. The abused wife, the overworked employee, the accommodating best friend, the "always reliable" volunteer who gives and gives to someone who never stops taking.

Chord colors: Turquoise, Teal, Aqua: Turquoise is the color of the evolved soul.

FREEDOM FIGHTER : ABANDONING FEAR TO GAIN FREEDOM

Octavia Spencer in Hidden Figures and The Help; Kathleen Turner in Peggy Sue Got Married; Bellamy Young (Mellie) in Scandal; the resistance leaders in 1972: A Love Story and in Rang de Basanti

... is the passive, fearful person who learns the power of vulnerability the moment she finds her voice and confronts an aggressor. She gains the freedom to be her AUTHENTIC SELF.

Chord colors: Purple, Violet, Lavender, Amethyst: Amethyst is the visionary with a compulsion to improve the planet.

What Are Emotional Types?

While each artist's looks change with each passing year, does that mean that their type changes?  Sure, somewhat, but that's not the whole story.  An actor's emotional type guides what kind of acting choices they make, what kind of characters they intuitively understand and can play effortlessly. Emotional type relies on recurrent themes that act as keys to each actor's fundamental soul. These things are fundamental because they are created by a particular set of life struggles, triumphs and values that make a person care more about one issue than another. It's who we are inside and not only is it unique to each and every person, but it rarely changes.

​It may become deeper, but unlike the physical type, our emotional types will be with us until the day we die.  The emotional type is everything juicy and human about us.  It lives beyond gender, color, race, sexual orientation, it is made up of the common thread of human emotions.  

As a result, an actor can play many roles.  Not just roles written for people who look like them.  For example, a Conflicted Loyalist is everyone from a soldier questioning their superior, a mother who feels guilty about having a job, a police detective, a teacher, a doctor, to a The Secretary of State trying to keep her country and her family intact.  All these characters walk the line between loyalty and self-preservation. When an actor goes after roles in this way, a whole new world of opportunity becomes available for the art of transformation; for completely stepping into someone's shoes and creating empathy for the actor and the audience. Taken and edited from April Yvette Thompson, Actor/Writer/Producer

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