Before I made the leap into becoming a professional makeup artist I went to SUNY Purchase for my undergraduate in Screenwriting. My background in writing and my experience on film has provided me with the best of both worlds in regards to working with actors and writing the characters they play.
I've found that research has benefited me in advancing my craft and in keeping me entertained on a day off, I believe the kids call this "Binge Watching." Whether its watching the new season of House of Cards or all 8 (We don't talk about 9) seasons of Scrubs in a week there is insight in each that I can take as a writer building up a repertoire of interesting characters for my audience to love (or hate.)
Seeing the mannerisms and phrases certain characters use on screen can often help me in understanding character archetypes, you can find more info on character archetypes here! Finding ways in which I can turn them on their heads and bring something fresh to the table.
Not a writer? This method can be applied to actors as well. When looking for roles it can be beneficial to do some research on the types of characters you would like to play, for example, say you are looking to play the goofy yet relatable protagonist, you have the look down but you're not quite sure how you are with the mannerisms. A few hours of Freaks and Geeks or maybe a few episodes of Scrubs (or 169) ought to get you walking around, and possibly tripping on air, landing you that role.
What's your favorite show to "Binge"? Comment below or tweet us @mjbhomeent!