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Mason Wells

"People with ambition don't give a damn what others think of them." wip

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a character in “Blackbox Manor”, as played by Miss Nomer

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{ "Drama is life with the dull parts left out." }


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Name
Mason Daniel Wells

Nicknames
Pepper, by close friends

Age
Eighteen [18]

Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual

Tech/Musical & Role
Musical -- Hernon Vines

Returnee/New
Returnee [This is his Third & Final Year]



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Empathy - In Mason's case, empathy does not simply mean feeling what others feel and in some way attempting to help them. It refers to the fact that he has a gift for reading people, whether it be through their words, expressions, or body language. This is partially because his aspirations have lead him to observe people always, so he might read their reactions to things and use them in his own characters. Very little gets past him.
Stage Fighting / Fencing - The son of a man whose job requirements include choreographing stage combat, it is only natural that he should be the best in the camp at it. He also has studied legitimate fencing as well, thinking it would help with any period pieces that require such things inside of scenes. It also has made him rather quick-footed, which helps in dancing and any actual skirmishes he might be involved in.
Persuasion - Before the show can begin, an actor must persuade the audience into suspending their disbelief and entering the show. Mason can be very persuasive, because his observation of people means that he is good at knowing what others want, prefer, despise, etc. Once you know the desires and motivations of a person, you can bend them to your own.

Weaknesses
Cocky - While Mason isn't an asshole, not typically, he certainly has that sort of cockiness of someone who is very good at someone, and is very aware of their skill. While her upholds professionalism during plays, his cockiness can have him taking unnecessary risks in his personal life, making assumptions about things, and occasionally pissing people off.
Selfish - If he has the choice between saving himself and another person, the choice is obvious to Mason 8/10. This isn't to say that he goes around hurting others for his own gain, he's not that bad. He just will choose himself over another when the stakes are high, which has made him several enemies in the past. He figures that he won't sacrifice himself for another, and if he can manage to save himself than they should do the same.
Tunnel Vision - Sure, on a day to day basis Mason is capable of multitasking. But in the grand scheme of things, his entire life has been centered around theatre, and he has difficulty prioritizing things because of this. Whether it be grades, relationships, etc, it all plays second fiddle to his dream. This allows him to work hard, but can also make him blind to important issues.

Fears
Not Succeeding in Acting || Complete Isolation || Death || Extreme Heights




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Personality
{ Confident, Hardworking, Critical, Flirtatious, Empathetic }
Mason is one of those men who are perfectly aware that they are talented at what they do, and that they are rather attractive. This knowledge, which he considers concrete though perspectives of him vary, has given the young man a bit of an ego. There is a spectrum on which his ego might lie from day to day, ranging from simply confident to thinking he's the king of the world. Regardless of his current state, Mason has never been one to second guess or doubt himself, certain of his own abilities. He does not hold back his opinions for fear of being shot down, because he is confident enough in himself that being pushed down will not stop him from getting back up. His confidence is thus admirable in the fact that it allows him to completely be himself, or the character he is portraying, without constantly fretting about what others think. As far as he's concerned, those that dislike him just have poor taste. Of course, this can be somewhat irritating to many, because not everyone likes to hang out with people who think they have the world on a string. His confidence can make him reckless, beside, and when he starts to walk the line between confidence and cockiness, the young man might make stupid decisions. He has such strong confidence in himself that he is never prepared when the worst strikes, leaving him vulnerable much of the time to such things. Not that he won't smirk and call it just a roadbump every time disaster strikes, even if he can't actually solve the problem. He's too proud to every truly admit defeat.

Luckily, he is also hardworking enough that his refusal to accept defeat might seem less like poor sportsmanship and more like a positive work ethic. While he may come across as careless to some, he is in fact the sort of person who is willing to spend as much time as possible working to perfect things. The reason he is better than many professionals at stagefighting is because he has practiced for two hours every day since he turned seven. It is said that one must complete 10,000 hours of focused practice in order to become an expert at something, and Mason is more than willing to dedicate the time and effort in order to achieve this. He has surprising self control, willing to restrain himself from the temptation to take a day off, sleep, cut corners, etc, in order to become better at what he enjoys doing. He is not the sort of person to cut corners when he has committed himself to something, and is in fact incredibly professional about not only theatre, but academics and such. He is not the sort to complain without ever trying --he works for what he wants, and has trouble respecting those who simply seemed to have stumbled into success. When he doesn't like or respect a person, it is easy to tell: he's likely to tell them to their face. Tact is used to get what he wants, but otherwise the young man is surprisingly open.

One case in which he might use tact is when persuading someone into his arms, or bed. Mason is known to be a hopeless flirt, something which has not been helped by the fact that he has spent his high school years as one of those male actors in a school where the actresses outnumber actors by quite a lot. Add this to the fact that he is attractive and can sing, and we have a young man who has become accustomed to being around women and being with women. Some have joked that he will flirt with anything that has a pulse, and this is very close to the truth. He does have things he looks for in a girl, such as talent and personality, but he will casually flirt with literally anyone, in the same way that others might make small talk. Half the time it means absolutely nothing, though he will never turn down a proposition. Yes, he's a horny little bugger at times, but at least he still puts his priority on acting and going to school over those things, for the most part. He'd never play around with someone who he knew would fall too easily, anyway, because being a flirt is not the same thing as wanting to go around hurting people, not by a long shot.

As a child, Mason's mother often taught him that the best of actors learn by observing the people around them. Once you understand how people react to things, and what those reactions look like, you can mimic them well enough that the audience forgets you are an actor. Mason's ability to read and understand others is the true source of his ability, and of his ability to manipulate and persuade when the need arises. He considers people watching a requirement of the job, and his keen eye is very difficult to hide from. If a person is lying to him, 9/10 Mason will know it [7/10 when it is another actor]. He might not comment on it, may let it slide, but he usually knows. Basically, he knows and understands people. Acting, to him, is just a study of people, put on stage.




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Acting || Theatre || Attention || Singing || Stagefighting || Fencing || Flirting || Talented People || Beautiful Women || Sex || Strawberries || Heavy Coats || Scarves || Fruit Salad || Dancing [Ballroom] || Confident People || Winning Roles || Sarcasm & Playfully Mocking Humor || Costumes || Movies || Books || Blackbox Manor || Leading Roles || Spoken Word Poetry { "I don't write, but I listen to it quite frequently." } || Video Games || Shaved Ice || Green Apples || Strong Personalities || Well-spoken People


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Cowardice || Lack of Professionalism || Being Rejected || Losing Parts || Those Who Win Parts Through Connections || Jealousy { "And yet I'm playing Hines. It is acting, after all." } || Meat [He's Vegetarian] || EDM || Glaring Sunlight || One-Dimensional Characters { "I'll often try to add dimension through little backstories in my head, actually." } || People Who Criticize, But Can't Take Criticism || Unrequited Affections




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Doesn't need to be very long, just give us an idea of why they are who they are.





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Talks with his hands

Played By:
Miss Nomer

Dialogue Color:
#B83D43

Face Claim:
Gaspard Ulliel

So begins...

Mason Wells's Story

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Character Portrait: Natalia Wright Character Portrait: Christian Jace Keller Character Portrait: Oliver Barlow Character Portrait: Kylie Clifford Character Portrait: Mason Wells Character Portrait: Chris Z. Blythe
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time: 8:30pm
date: July 10th
weather: Clear Skies, Breezy
current event: Bi-weekly Bonfire

Often times, students will be up practicing and hanging out right until curfew, which is 11pm at this camp. However, twice a week they all come together for the bi-weekly bonfire, in which the campers hang out, roast hot dogs, kabobs, and marshmallows, and often times perform. It functions like a mini talent show of sorts, as students get up to sing or perform skits. There is often a few games of improv going, and in general everyone has fun. Attendance is mandatory, although some of the more tired or less extroverted students will often hide away in the back of the circle's rings, or sneak back to their cabin to occupy their time with something else.

Currently, the campers are eating and playing around with one another, the performances and improv games having not yet begun. As their camp is distanced from cities, the stars are clear to those who look up, dazzling against the night sky. It's a rather picturesque setting, really.

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Character Portrait: Mason Wells Character Portrait: Chris Z. Blythe Character Portrait: Gwenora Chung
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After the student director of the camp play gets up and gives a quick briefing on where they are at, Nora begins to rise. They started working on the musical about two weeks ago now, having done casting rather immediately after the beginning of camp. This means that actors should be memorizing their lines, the sets have been at least designed, but certainly have begun to be built, etc. She needs only to say this and sit back down: easy enough. The young woman hops up in front of the campfire, which sets an orange halo of light around her, just as it does everyone who stands before it, and smiles. "I'm happy to say that we are pretty much on track as far as the musical goes. Parts have been cast, actors are memorizing their lines, my production heads are already getting to work. Actually, tomorrow, I want my actors to help with building the set for an hour before we start on practice --it'll help things move along a lot faster, and will familiarize them with it. Want to make sure that it won't be hastily done, and have it fall out from beneath us, right?" In fact, that very thing had happened during last year's production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. The actress playing Philia broke her leg as a result, it had been a royal disaster.

Thinking about it made Nora nervous. She tried to dismiss the thought. "That's about it. Erm. Good work so far," she adds, before going back into the group to take a seat beside Pepper and Chris. Unintentionally, it seemed that those working on the musical all sat on one side, while the cast of the play were on the other. The two had plenty of friendships, even some relationships, binding them, but once the work began, the groups tended to start forking off. It happened every year.

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"That was awful, Nora, darling. Never be a motivational speaker. So lacking," Mason, known to Nora as Pepper, remarks teasingly. He glances at her, but his attention is primarily focused on the hotdog that he has spent the last ten minutes roasting over the fire. It looks done, maybe. He doesn't want to take the chance of eating raw meat and then missing out on rehearsal due to food poisoning, though. Two years ago a lead had done that --it's how Mason, originally an understudy, had managed to land one of the primary roles of that year's musical. He did not intend to let another understudy be so lucky in regards to his part.

Nora just sticks her tongue out at him. She may tend to be over anxious and hard on herself about these sorts of things, but she's known Mason for too long to allow him to be the source of any insecurity on her part. His mocking is constant, and leads one to develop thick skin. She would know, having grown up next door to him. He was the nuisance brother she never had. The young woman turns her attention to Chris, smiling. "Chris, wouldn't tonight be a grand time for a late night walk?" she asks, voice low. Of course Chris will know precisely what Nora is implying: the best time to strike at other cabins, and try to steal their flags, is of course early on, before they've grown protective. Not a single flag has been stolen yet, that she's aware. Nora, who loves taking the flags of others but panics at the idea of losing her own, intends to be the first to steal one.

Mason, too, knows what Nora is talking about. Last year, his cabin and hers had teamed up to steal the flags of other cabins, only to have a sudden death sort of back and forth match the final week of camp. His cabin had won, and he intends to keep the victorious streak going, even if it has more to do with him and less to do with the entire cabin. "Be sure you don't accidentally wander into the wrong cabin on your way back, then. It is rather dark," he comments to them. Translation: Don't expect to try and steal my flag.

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Character Portrait: Oliver Barlow Character Portrait: Mason Wells Character Portrait: Chris Z. Blythe Character Portrait: Scottie McCloud Character Portrait: Gwenora Chung
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Scott sat down beside the fire and was handed a stick and a few marshmallows by a fellow camper. He thanked them as they scurried away. His eyes then proceeded to look up at the student director, who gave the same speech at every bonfire occasion. With an eye roll, he saw that Nora had rose up from her seated position, which almost caused him to smile a little bit. His eyes were locked on her especially when she started to talk about the musical and how it was going.

"Dude, your marshmallows are burning." Someone whispered to him as he shushed them and continued one listening to Nora. Scott applauded when Nora was done speaking, hell even gave her a standing ovation but he realized he was the only one standing, he immediately sat back down and heard a few campers laugh here and there. His eyes flashed over towards Mason, who was talking to Chris and Nora then back at his already burnt marshmallows. "I tried to tell ya', man." The camper said while getting up and leaving Scott's side.

While continuously sitting there, he wondered who flag was going to get taken first. He also wondered where his cabin mate, Oliver was. Scott shook his head then stood up and made a small trek over to Nora, Chris and Mason. "Hello there, my fellow camp mates." He greeted them while wrapping his arms around them all. "Tonight is a great night, huh? Question, what are you guys for the mini talent show?" Scott asked them then turned towards Mason. "Are you going to do what you do every year and bore us to death?" He mockingly yawned, leaned back and fell off of the log, laughing while standing back up.

"Of course, I am dancing since I got some serious moves. Plus, dancing is what I love to do." Scott did a few dance moves to show off his skills then sits back down with them. He was usually known as the jokester of the group and he knew that Mason wasn't going to take his joke seriously, given their long history with one another.

Scott felt good being back at camp since he loved the laid back atmosphere that it had about it - Except when Nora be barking orders at them during rehearsal but hey, she liked it then he loved it. His eyes wondered around the bonfire one more time, searching for his cabin mate again. His eyes averted to Chris and Nora as he leaned in towards them. "Well, ladies, I must be off to practice my moves for the show. Ta-ta, for now." With that being said, Scott jumped up off the log and went back to his cabin to change outfits and also practice his dance moves.

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Character Portrait: Mason Wells Character Portrait: Chris Z. Blythe Character Portrait: Charlie Jin Q. J. Character Portrait: Scottie McCloud Character Portrait: Gwenora Chung
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Chris reached over and rubbed Nora's shoulder comfortingly. "You did great," she soothed. "Stop being so nervous. Here, eat." She grabbed a handful of marshmallows from a bag lying nearby and grabbed Nora's hand, pushing the marshmallows into her palm.

She glanced around at the rest of the group, people sitting around, laughing and eating. This was possibly the best part of Blackbox Manor, the campfires were a great time for everyone to kick back and relax. Everyone, that is, except for Nora and Chris, who would of course try to make it off early to steal another pair's flag.

As if reading Chris's mind, Nora turned to her. "Chris, wouldn't tonight be a grand time for a late night walk?" she commented, and Chris could hardly help the huge grin that sprang to her face. "Hell yes, you betcha." At Pepper's comment, Chris pursed her lips thoughtfully. "Gee whiz, Pepper, what a thought. If we lost our way," and here she leaned closer, lowering her voice, "I would leave a trail of marshmallows for the insects and birds to find, you know?" She thought back to one year when a group had been having midnight snacks in their rooms, which inevitably led to creepy crawlies of all sorts looking around for food.

Before she could get up, though, Scott came over, and Chris eyed him thoughtfully, wondering if they should attempt to steal his flag. Scott could be pretty overprotective of what he deemed to be his stuff. "That's mean. Every year I see you repeat the same dance moves," she accused. "Don't think I don't see you reusing your moves."

Once he'd left, Chris turned to Nora. "Whose do you want to take first? I'm thinking the purple is a lovely shade this year."





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Charlie sat quietly on a log in a group comprised mostly of that year's understudies, watching the flames leap up and crackle, sending sparks whirling up into the night sky. The understudies were around his age, and most of them were laughing and joking around, having already made friends amongst themselves. Charlie thought he could survive.

"Jin, you're not getting enough sugar. Look at you, all skin and bones. Eat something." Some crackers and chocolate was shoved into his hand, and Charlie looked up with a faint smile. "Thanks," he murmured, nibbling at the biscuits gingerly.

He wasn't really one to make fast friends with anyone anytime soon, but Charlie thought he could get used to this.

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Mason raises an eyebrow at Chris's threat of bugs in his cabin, but his expression spreads into an amused smile. He had to admit, it is an excellent threat. No one wants the insect infestation that the orange cabin had been subjected to a few years ago. He doesn't recall who had been in the cabin at the time, because all that really mattered was how funny it was to see them running out of the cabin, which had apparently become a buffet to cockroaches and ants, as if fleeing death itself. Nora is grinning at Chris's implication of messing with Mason's cabin, as she has always loved the various tricks inevitably brought out by the Flag Wars. This camp may be intended for theatre, but the campers certainly have talents for mischief, stealth, and the like. At least, the ones in cabins worth mentioning do, for those are the ones whose flags are the most valuable, pride wise. Besides, she's still dead set on beating out Pepper and his cabin mate after having lost to his cabin during last year's flag war. It had been a sore point for days, falling behind during that final death-match of a weekend. "That sounds delightful. I may have to go on a midnight stroll of my own, then. Perhaps stargazing on a roof?" Two years ago, a cabin crept into another cabin and stolen their luggage, only to spread their clothing out on the roof of the canteen. It was relatively harmless, and all of the clothing had remained wet and cold on the roof until the campers finally found them a few hours later.

Nora smiles up at Scottie when he approaches them with a greeting, though she makes a little squeaking noise when he hugs them all that once, because it squishes her between Mason and Chris, robbing the air from her lungs. Scottie does occasionally have overzealous hugs, though perhaps mainly when he manages to wrap his arms around more than one person a time, as he has just done. "Hello, Scottie. How is our Prez doing? Getting into the role of skirtchaser yet?" she responds cheerily. At his question about the talent show, the girl's smile becomes slightly more lopsided. She shrugs, "I could always boss people around for my talent. Wouldn't that be fun?" The mocking is thick in her words, though it is pointed entirely towards herself. She always dislikes herself after losing her cool on people during rehearsals, and yet seems incapable, as of yet, of fixing the problem. Chalk it up to nerves, for that is undoubtedly the primary source.

Mason's reaction is a sort of smile similar to his response to Chris's threat of bugs in his cabin. "Perfection waits for no one, twinkletoes. I agree --you ought to update your dance arsenal," of course, he actually gets along well with Scottie, in a friendly rivalry sort of way. Both are very prideful individuals, and they have competed over roles in the past. Nora waves farewell to Scottie as he leaves, but is quick to betray him, it seems, as she smiles at Chris's proposal.

"I've heard tell purple is the new red," she answers, as red had been the color of the first flag stolen last year.

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CJ paused in his active circling around the camp fire, attempting to find an ideal food for him. The student director began to give a speech, and he popped down in a seat near him, slightly bumping the person next to him, but for the most part solely turning his attention to the speaker. He prepared to stand back up, when he saw Nora rise. At this, Cj positioned himself to be comfortable, anticipating a long speech from the young woman.

But he was wrong. She spoke only for a few seconds, in short and awkward sentences. Absorbing what she was saying, he thought of his progress so far with the play. It was good, more or less. He'd figured out many of the light shows and scene change set ups, but not everything. It was okay, he had time. As Nora finished, he joined in the applause, giving her a soft cat call and chuckling, standing back up. Cj saw her return to he seat near Mason, and decided he would make his way over there, however first and foremost, he was looking for food.

Spotting a bag of mini marshmallows, he moved closer to the fire, took them, then made his way back to the outside.

Tossing one in the air, he surprised himself by catching it in his mouth. He continued to do so as he made his way over to Mason, and out of the corner of his eye, he noticed Nora getting up with Chris. On a quick instinct, he tossed a few marshmallows, watching them bounce off Nora's face as she moved away.

Cj continued his way to Mason, shooting him a wide grin before tossing up, and successfully catching 6 marshmallows in his mouth.

"What's going on?"