For me there are three stimuli for character channeling:
- Wearing an outfit s/he would. I put purple highlights in my hair when I got home this evening, and I noticed myself dancing to the music on Pandora more like my character Tori would (she has purple highlights too. She's the reason I put the highlights on in the first place.) I have this one pair of leather boots that I can channel three characters from. Yeah, they're that cool.
- Thinking excessively about the character. This is when I don't notice channeling. I'll unconsciously pick up on one of their traits, and start walking around the house like them.
- Listening to music that reminds me of the character. This one is mostly conscious, since I can feel my imagination slip from me to them. Kinda like a car changes gears.
Do you character channel, or some variation thereof? How do you do it?