David took Sam Christensen’s "Image Essence Workshop" where actors discover their “essences,” or “archetypes,” those qualities that people “get" about them. These are storytelling archetypes or essences of David – i.e. how he slots into storytelling.
Other related adjectives: charming, romantic, smart, rakish, debonair and “old world charm.”
When David was a little boy and he would go with his mother to the department store, David would hang out by the front door and open it for all the ladies entering in the department store.
Other related adjectives: idiosyncratic, unconventional, kooky, off-kilter.
David’s quirkiness can range from offbeat to goofy. It seems as though he is marching, if not stumbling along, to the beat of his own drum. This, coupled with an innate “likability,” allows people to easily sympathize with him. In his sketch troupe, his “Indian name” was Furniture-Is-Not-His-Friend (flowing from a natural ability with physical humor).
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Other related adjectives: tumultuous, enforced calm, still waters running deep.
Because David is so laid-back, most people are surprised to find out, as a child, he had a voracious temper. There is a volcano-like quality of things churning underneath, while the surface seems calm.
Other related adjectives: imaginative, original, questing.
There two aspects to this for David: one is being creative; the other is things being “ designed” — thought about a great deal before being implemented. In the realm of creativity, David is a sort of Renaissance man: a professional photographer, he’s won awards and commissions for his writing, builds furniture, enjoys design, science, and all things creative.
Other related adjectives: exuberant, cheeky, up-to-something.
Aside from being a big kid, David has a radiant, playful energy that he brings to both creating and to his interactions with people. It’s hard to miss that he loves life.
Other related adjectives: bright, delighted, affirming.
The head of the acting program at Central, George Hall, said that David was “Indefatigable.” David has a radiant positivity, love of life, and desire to connect with people that shines through and makes him engaging.
Other related adjectives: persistent, resolute, determined.
Growing up in Texas, playing football in junior high against kids twice his size, the thing his coach always commented on was how tenacious David was, “Like a dog on a bone — once he bit down he wouldn’t let up.”
In the clips below, you can sort by these essences as well as by “comedic” & “dramatic.”