Model Recommendations

I was hoping someone might be able to help recommend a model (or a few models) to try and play around with for my specific use case, I have had a hard time deciphering some of the models and what they were intended to do.

What I want to do is fine tune a model to act as a certain character, and respond in a chat to questions about themselves and other things with a certain personality/based on what the model is told about itself.

I’ve seen gpt-3 used in this way where basically you say “You are a famous painter who lives in Paris and has a stern and arrogant attitude” and then continue to have a conversation with this “person”. I think that fine tuning gpt-3 would work well except for the cost, so I’m looking for something that would be:

  1. Easy to train with context about itself, as well as teach domain specific or modern/internet language (you are 40 years old, you live in Paris, you are a painter, you like classical music, and then definitions like the word troll means to
  2. Reasonable size so that I could download it and run it locally (I’d say 10gb max)

I found a product pretty much doing this ( but being able to do it with my own model is preferential.

One thing I’m having trouble with is choosing text generation models vs conversation. GPT-2 is text generation but the model that I found to appear closest to what I want is the microsoft GODEL model which is conversation. Playing around with it however it doesn’t seem to capable, or perhaps I’m expecting too much after playing around with GPT-3.

Thanks in advance.