Any Human Being—college professors, waitresses, prisoners, nurses, fishermen, real people like you and me—keeps inside a unique personality.
If you share incognito your thoughts, feelings, experience and dreams, you could become the model of a fictional character in a movie or a book. Yes—incognito—not because you should feel like Mata Hari or "The Anonymous" but because we believe you'd be more comfortable answering personal questions if you keep your privacy locked.
All you have to do is sign up with just a name/nickname and email. Fill out your profile with some basic info like your gender, occupation, age and country of residence. Then you can answer as many of our questions as you wish. That's how you show your true character, give the writers a teaser of your personality and... maybe gain new insights about yourself.
When writers find your profile and answers compatible with their characters, they can ask you private questions through our platform. Whenever a writer accepts your answer of his/her private question, you'll make some money.
Help writers to develop their characters and to bring them to life using your amazing personality. And who knows, you may become the hero of the next blockbuster!
Creative Authors—(screenwriters, novelists, TV and film directors, playwrights)—need to bring their fictional characters to life.
If you want your character to look alive in your work, you should know how she dresses, what's in her pockets, what's her opinion on gay marriages, what kind of breakfast her granny used to make her 30 years ago... Even if you never put so much information in your work, you still need to know everything about your hero.
Usually you get in touch with real people whose occupation, age, lifestyle fit your characters. You have to meet cops, junkies, hookers... anybody. First you seek them out, then you persuade them to meet you, maybe you spend time and money travelling for the interview. Even worse—usually people wouldn't tell just like that their deepest personal secrets face to face.
It's much easier, cheaper and safer to use Characters Live. Your characters are here! You can browse their profiles and get inspired by the answers they gave to our questions. For free!
We provide you with a network and tools to develop your own characters. Again, for free!
If you need more answers from specific persons who could become models of your characters, you can ask them private questions. In this case you're required to start a paid subscription. The nice thing about it is that most of your money goes to our real members whose answers you and other writers accepted as a compensation for their cooperation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why would I use Characters Live?
Because you're an impressive person who deserves to become the model of a fictional character and get paid for that.
Or you're a creative writer, screenwriter, playwright, film or TV director who wants to develop their characters and bring them to life.
Why should I bother signing up?
Because the Characters Live platform hosts a creative community which prefers concerned members rather than passive users. Besides, logged in members have access to all the restricted areas except private questions and answers conducted by other members.
How hard is it to create an account?
Nothing easier. You just fill a name to be addressed to in the website (not necessarily your true name), your true email (which you use for logging in) and password. Don't worry about your email. We don't sell emails. We sell babies and nuclear missiles.
How can I delete my account?
Just send us a message with your account email and the reason you want to say "goodbye" and we'll delete it along with all your activities at Characters Live.
What are those questions meant for?
The answers you give to the public questions help you to reveal your true personality. A writer needs to know if the characters she's about to ask private questions (which brings you cash) are authentic, reliable and interesting. She's not going to waste her time on someone who has nothing to tell her about the character she's developing.
Ok, I'm a writer. Why do I need to answer a question before being able to view how others had answered it?
Because that's fair. If you're looking for honesty and sincerity, be honest and sincere. Besides, you could be a character as well.
How many questions should I answer?
As many as you wish. The more, the better. Remember, the more you tell about your true self, the more attractive you'd be to a writer and the chances of being asked privately will get higher. And it's not a waste of time — you can find some new insights about yourself.
Aren't those questions a little bit too personal?
Yes, that's the point — the fictional characters should think, breathe and live as real people. You shouldn't worry about that as you're incognito here and nobody will be aware of your identity.
I've got a specific question concerning characters developing which I'd like to offer to Characters Live members. Is that possible?
Yes, please contact us and if we find your question suitable, interesting and not a duplicate of an existing one, we'll add it to our list and will let you know.
Can I create a fake character and give plausible answers as if it's a real one?
The point is that you show your true self. Unless you're a genius of empathy, we doubt that you can fake a character that looks real. Short answer: no!
Give me a brief workflow on character development.
The platform leads you through the stages of development. First you provide your new fictional character with basic information such as name, occupation, short description, etc. Then you're asked to give your character a personality via a quick personality test.
The inspirational part comes with our Questionnaire. There you answer some personal questions on behalf of your character. You can use our existing members' answers as your character's ones. You can combine and edit as many existing answers as you wish. For free.
And the the cherry on top is that you can invent your own private questions and ask them our real members. As you will get them involved in your affairs using that feature, you're required to enter a paid subscription.
Can anyone but me access the characters I'm developing?
No. They belong to you only and only you can see them. Even when you ask our real members private questions, they are not allowed to see your characters.
What's that stuff?
If a writer finds you appealing and suitable to base her character on you, she can invite you to answer some of her specific questions. You receive it in the form of answer requests. If you give good answers which get accepted by writers, you'll receive a large cut of their paid subscriptions.
How personal can be the private questions?
Very personal. The writer wants to know everything about his character. Including sexuality, childhood traumas, criminal activities, etc. Don't worry, the writer has no way of discovering your identity. Anyway, if he starts to abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate your rights, at any time you can block and report him.
How private are the private questions?
Each private question and answer is between two persons only — the "writer" and the "character".
Are my payments secured?
Sure, we use trusted third party payment system such as PayPal. We don't collect credit/debit card information. More questions and answers about payment are coming soon...
What are "Report question" and "Block member" buttons for?
We don't need spam, scam, abusive, offensive or dumb answers. If you spot such answer, please report it. If our moderators consider the report reasonable, the answer will be deleted. If the answer's author shows a tendency of not respecting our members, he/she will be banned.
If you don't like the attitude of a member who's asking you private questions, you can block him. He or she will no longer be able to communicate with you.
Following? What does that mean?
If you find a character intriguing, you may follow them and thus keep track on their activity at Characters Live. You can also follow a question which means any time it's been answered, you'll get a notification.
How can I be banned from Characters Live?
Easy. Just start systematically to spam, to write nonsense answers, to abuse, harass or stalk others.