Striding back across Waterloo Bridge the other day after a matinee at the NT, I was struck by two things. The brilliant sunshine bouncing off the Thames, and the incredible energies required to give and maintain a performance. No doubt about it, this is a high-energy business. Bullet point 3 energy.
The confusing thing about an actor is: that ‘the talent to amuse', as Noel Coward put it, makes the actor the most
distractible being on the planet. Our energy and talent must be trained or wasted!
Training can come in many forms but without it you will find it hard to summon the energy you need: to get out of bed,
to bounce into an audition despite the grey news outside, the energy to face frequent rejection, long rehearsals, and even criticism.
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