Most creative types might not boast analysis as one of their fortes, but the actor is required to develop the ability to analyze their script. Script analysis is focused on in all the major styles of coaching and can help an actor prepare to work on a set, prep sides for a casting, and even give subtle suggestions for character development and mannerisms.
Along with being able to analyze a script, the actor must know how to analyze the character and then develop it into something interesting. Character analysis may involve tics (that give the character individuality), and developing a back story about the character’s childhood, family, and early relationships.
These are two skills that a blog can’t teach you. Neither can a book. Only experience and proper direction can hone this skill. It’s worth it to note that there are great coaches and there are not so great coaches when studying analysis, too. I tell my actors that they should always walk away having learned something from a coaching session, but finding a coach who can challenge you is worth the search. If you walk away knowing you could have worked harder; you want to do better next time; you sometimes nail it and feel your confidence grow exponentially; and you sometimes fall flat on your face and feel like a failure . . . you might have found the perfect coach for your needs!
Who is it in your circle of talent professionals that is challenging you?