In college, my theater professor used to reserve Fridays for answering our questions about the business of acting. One of the most important things he ever said was, “Every day, make sure you do something that makes you feel like an actor.”
At the time, I didn’t understand what he meant. How could I? I was in back-to-back shows. I lived, ate, slept, breathed theater.
Years later, as I began my career in New York, doing very unglamorous things like going to cattle call auditions for the role of Girl #4 (in trunk) and doing Moliere plays for audiences of two at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, I started to get what he meant. But it wasn’t until I had to really depend on the income of my day job that his message really hit home.