I’ve been going back and forth with myself on whether or not I should post this, because it is part of my current WIP and I don’t want to jinx myself, but I feel like I need the opinions of others. I have a character profile for one of my MCs and I need to know if it sounds like a real person- not like some cut and pasted character from another book or movie- and if it feels consistent within itself. All thoughts welcome!
Profile for: Cara Renee Apple
Birthday: September 1, 1985
Astrological Sign: Virgo
Weight: 165 lbs
Basic Description: Good straight teeth, but not super special, think but not too thin lips- always wears gloss and chapstick. Prefers Clinique over commercial brands, shops at Sephora or Nordstroms for makeup. Has straight nose, not pointed, with slightly rounded tip. Smooth, naturally tan complexion. Wears moisturizer and sunscreen every day, washes her face every night, gets a facial twice a year. Never had freckles or moles, no scars on her face, but ½ inch scar under chin where she fell and cut it on a coffee table when she was 6. Heart-shaped face.
Hairstyle: dark brown, layered, a little past her shoulders, not thin or thick. Usually is frustrated by the lack of body and volume. Always wears it straight or pulled back in a ponytail or low bun. Doesn’t dye her hair. Dyed her hair once in high school and it turned bright orange- she’ll never try dying it again.
Eyes: 20-20 vision, dark brown, long, dark lashes but not thick
Body: approximately 30 lbs overweight, C cup breasts, almost a D cup. hates her body. tries to work out 2-3 times a week but struggles to motivate herself because she’s never seen weightloss results. Wears size 10 or 12 depending on the brand. Size 7 ½ shoe; has become very good at dressing for her body- enhancing her curves and minimizing fat and flab
Marks, Scars, Tattoos: Has a birthmark on her thigh shaped like a distorted flower. No other scars besides the one on her chin. No tattoos
Clothing: For work she wears business casual/ suits. She shops at Ann Taylor Loft but only buys clothes on sale- always looks nice- knows how to dress for her body- wears a lot of black, navy blue, and grey. On personal time, she sticks to jeans and fitted t-shirts, comfy boots or cute tennis shoes. Doesn’t wear a lot of jewelry- has a ring from her high school boyfriend which she occasionally wears, but just because she likes it, not really out of nostalgic attachment or residual affection for him
Birthplace: Wilmington, NC- Mom moved girls to the Triangle when she and dad divorced
History: Parents divorced when the girls were 5 and 8. Mom (Janice) remarried at ages 7 and 10. Cara looked up to Ashton when they were growing up, but when Ashton graduated high school and moved out of the house, Cara began to look out for herself more- was always independent, but missing Ashton in that brief period solidified it. Now she acts more like the older sister, taking care of Ashton and helping her out when she screws up.
Home: Lives in Durham- rents a townhouse- 2 bedroom 2 ½ bath. She’s very neat- pays her bills on time, always hangs her jacket/ coat in the closet when she gets home. Everything has its place, but she’s not one who freaks out when someone else makes a mess in her space.
Pets: None until Mr. D!
Personality: Very calm, very practical and rational, often told by Ashton to loosen up, but she’s capable of letting loose- just doesn’t around Ashton. She’s confident in her intelligence and skill as an employee, confident that she is generally right, but not sour when proven wrong. Enjoys a good debate- both being part of one and observing one. Speaks her mind, but usually softens any harsh judgments/realities. She can seem cold, pompous to someone who doesn’t know her, but she’s really warm and caring to her friends and family- it just takes a while to get to know her, to get her to open up
Likes: Tea, crime dramas and comedies, maps, making lists and checking things off those lists
Dislikes: coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, gambling, commercials- especially radio commercials
Fears: failure, being in debt forever, losing her mother and sister
Goals: to go to law school and be a corporate lawyer for a bank or big company
Hobbies: Reading, taking photos, scrapbooking
Occupation: Works as a personal assistant to a lawyer @ a prestigious law firm in downtown Durham. Duties include answering the phone, scheduling appointments and keeping track of his calendar, filing and typing briefs and other documents as well as general clerical work, pre-qualifying clients, and some light research. Has worked there since graduating college in May of 2007. Went to UNC, has a degree in business?? and minored in political science. Decided not to go to law school right out of college because she wanted to work at a law firm first to find out if she still wanted to be a lawyer- also, working for a few years would allow her to save money so she wouldn’t have to work through school or take additional loans out for living expenses.
Favorite Food: Potato soup
Least Favorite Food: red peppers
Most Prized Possession: a ceramic jewelry box given to her by her grandmother (her father’s mother). She doesn’t keep jewelry in it, though. She keeps mementos from her childhood: seashells from Wrightsville Beach collected on walks with her parents before they divorced; ticket stubs from favorite movies; photo booth pictures of her and Ashton; her first driver’s license.
Vernacular (Way of Speaking): Thinks very carefully before she speaks- never stumbles- never says “Um,” “Well,” or “huh.” Doesn’t use a lot of contractions. Ashton laughs at her for speaking like she’s got a stick up her ass. Cara doesn’t use a lot of swear words or make a lot of exclamations.
Character Behavior: precise- everything she does is done with purpose. She doesn’t get excited or confused easily.
Aptitude: Easily picks up on any problem and won’t stop until she finds a solution. Prides herself on her intelligence.
Social and Other Pressures, Problems: She’s shy in social situations- doesn’t know how to put herself out there to meet new people. Doesn’t particularly want to meet new people. Confident in the relationships she already has.
Relationships (With Who and What Kind): Most important is the relationship with her sister, Ashton. Though Cara acts like the oldest, she knows she isn’t and has a lot of deference for Ashton when it comes to family decisions (like what to get mom for her birthday). she loves her sister more than anything in the world and that’s why she often overlooks Ashton’s flakiness and flightiness when she wouldn’t overlook the same qualities in herself or others.
Relationship with her mother is strong. She values her mother’s opinion and often doesn’t make huge decisions without getting it, even if it differs from her own.
Relationship with her father is strained. She maintains it through email and the occasional phone call simply because he is her father and she’d feel guilty if she didn’t have some kind of contact with him. She never forgave him for the divorce, though she doesn’t really understand that this is the reason for their limited relationship. He has always wanted more, but she has turned down his attempts at closeness.
Relationship with B is growing. She has a great deal of respect for him- sees a lot of the qualities in him that she wants to see in herself or thinks she already sees in herself- determination, focus, hard working, honest. She doesn’t see that he has further interest in her other than employee and boss.
Belief, Superstition, Moral Value: Is not superstitious, but values hard work and honesty above almost anything. Slightly judgmental when people don’t live up to her high standards.
Positive Characteristics: She cares very deeply about her family. She’s a hard worker. she doesn’t over-react to negative situations, instead looks for the solution; wants to help others when given the opportunity
Negative Characteristics: Very strict in her ways of thinking, i.e. this is the right way, this is the wrong way. Needs to be right; can be judgmental; can appear to lack a sense of humor
2 thoughts on “Character Profile”
The personality sounds like a combination of Temperance from Bones and you? If you watch the series Bones part of your description is describing her perfectly. I would wager that you put a lot of yourself into the development of this character!
The character will be fine as long as you use your passion to fill in that character’s world.
What will be this character’s challenge? Does she have a birth defect that makes it harder to interact with people? Is she narcissic(sp?) and worries only about herself? What will be the life challenge with this character????
you’re right- she does sound like Bones! Hmm… I’ll have to fix that. I love Bones, but I don’t see Cara as so rational that she dismisses emotion completely. I think I was too severe in describing her that way.