“Live Action Role Playing” (pg 70, How To Avoid Hara-Kiri)
L.A.R.P., short for Live Action Role-Playing, is a form of acting where people cosplay and act like their favorite characters from a story, game, or anime series. In most conventions, there will be an area dedicated to this, where people can meet and act out their favorite scenes from a show or a game, or it may be something original that the convention offers. Either way, the concept still centers around acting out, and my advice today is on what to do when you need to act in a certain role.
Whether it’s at a convention, or in a big-budgeted motion-picture, acting is an art; one takes serious effort in getting into their respective role, portraying the proper emotions, body-language, and most of all knowing the correct lines for a particular scene. As such, you have to take the role with a certain seriousness when you are portraying that certain mood or posture. At the same time, it doesn’t mean that they can’t have fun with it either, and in most cases, L.A.R.P. [events] at cons tend to be very comedic and easy-going, nothing like a Broadway musical. Have fun with your role, but make sure that you portray the role that you’re playing correctly, whether its comic relief, or being the serious badass.
However, I cannot stress enough when saying, please do not take role-playing too seriously. Remember, it is just acting. Most of the time people don’t actually/always mean the things they say when acting out a persona. And while there are those who understand this, there are also cases where people take to role-playing as if it’s a part of their life, in every aspect. I unfortunately have experienced this firsthand; interacting with people who claimed identities aside from their own, I formed relationships despite never meeting them, and almost got into some serious trouble for it. Even though I was still young, I realized that the blurring line between what is real and what is not is extremely dangerous.
With L.A.R.P., have fun with the experience, as it is a chance to meet people and interact in a different way from the norm, but also be serious when portraying the right character to your audience, because they won’t show interest in your character if your emotions are all over the place. Try not to take to heart any [potentially] rude comments or lines people may say, as it is not in their intention to hurt you. Not every character’s a good guy. Most importantly, do not mix the line between your acting and your actual lifestyle. Trust me, it’s not always pretty.