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How many ENFPs here were attracted to acting, even on an amateur level such as in school? I acted as soon as plays were available and did every play I could growing up. I loved being on stage and character acting in particular. My first and still biggest role was in grade 3 as the lead student role, in this case the lead was the villain (the hero was played by a teacher). I was attracted to quirky side characters and bad guys.

Throughout my journey in school there were a few ENFP schoomates of mine that only ever acted in 1-2 plays, but they could take even the smallest character role and knock it out of the park. It seems to me we might have a natural preclination to act.
 

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I love the theatre and I would have been into it more if I was granted the opportunity. I was never a strong singer as a kid which was an issue for getting lead roles in the plays (too many were musicals). I was always a background character who occasionally got a bigger role. I remember applying for bad guy roles but being told before I was given a chance to show them that they just couldn't believe I could pull off a badguy role. Upset me of course because it was acting, I might be a goodie two shoes in reality but that doesn't mean I didn't know how to play pretend.

When I got older I didn't get theatre class because I was part of the smart kid class and obviously arts was a waste of time with someone who could take another maths exam instead...

The plays were student run and I was not a part of that clique so I never got in even as a set designer.

I think that's why I'm so in to live action roleplay now... It's the theatre I was never granted as a kid. Part of me has been debating how to get into some amateur acting, dancing or backstage theatre production (costumes and set design interest me greatly too).
 

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I think that's why I'm so in to live action roleplay now... It's the theatre I was never granted as a kid. Part of me has been debating how to get into some amateur acting, dancing or backstage theatre production (costumes and set design interest me greatly too).
LARPing? That's cool! In my case these days, I put on a character for the podcast I co-host which is pretty belligerent yet more awkward. Kind of gives me the same fix.
 

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Not an ENFP, but I have been told that I'm a very good actor in high school. Though it's hard to know if the praise was genuine or not because in high school I was kinda objectified by a lot of people for my looks. Here's a little secret: I create/craft personas and act them out IRL. The only people who know who I really am are my mom and my wife. For most everyone else, I'm half performing / half being real ... (yes, that includes my online personas as well). Acting is something that comes to me naturally. When I'm being serious tho, I will always indicate that I am because I'm not always acting.

I'm actually not interested in theater from a personal involvement stand point. I did work for a news and sports production company in the 2000's right after graduation for many years and I enjoyed the experience, but not as much as I enjoy watching theater. I loved being around the sports teams, the producers, broadcasters etc. It was a fast paced life and I loved everything about it. Dream job. Probably would have risen in that career fast if I didn't have a serious accident.

I enjoy political theater. I can't stand musicals. In Pakistan the secular humanist societies have always been in control of local theatrical productions since the mid 80's - 90's. We had a lot of socialist political theater and I really enjoyed those plays. It's the one thing I miss about Pakistan because socio-political plays in America are a rarity. They don't even exist in small towns. The last plays I attended were in the late 2000's right around the time Musharraf was being over-thrown (yesss ... being part of that revolution was amazing) and they were incredible.
 

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Not an ENFP, but I have been told that I'm a very good actor in high school. Though it's hard to know if the praise was genuine or not because in high school I was kinda objectified by a lot of people for my looks. Here's a little secret: I create/craft personas and act them out IRL. The only people who know who I really am are my mom and my wife. For most everyone else, I'm half performing / half being real ... (yes, that includes my online personas as well). Acting is something that comes to me naturally. When I'm being serious tho, I will always indicate that I am because I'm not always acting.

ES_Ps are remarkable actors and fill the ranks of Hollywood, so I am not surprised.
 

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ES_Ps are remarkable actors and fill the ranks of Hollywood, so I am not surprised.
"Fake it till you make it."

TBF, even IRL some situations require that you act. Job interviews. Marketing presentations. Office meetings. Sales calls. So sometimes all of these different roles you get to play as an ESXP become confused with your real self. Though I'm assuming such identity issues are more common with the chameleon nature of Fe than Fi hence why I don't consider myself an ESFP. I find it unlikely that an Fi-user would be as chameleon-like and capable of lying as I am.
 
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