A common note given to an actor is that the stakes aren’t high enough. “Raise the stakes.”
How exactly do you do this?
Here’s a simple cheat…
Go back through the script and for every action, say to yourself, “I will die if I don’t get what I want.”
That could mean physically, emotionally, mentally, etc…But you will die if you don’t get what you want.
Boom. Stakes raised.