Becoming an actor is certainly not a mature, responsible choice to make with one’s life, but it is a beautiful one. It is essential to stay in touch with the child-like impulses that first drew one to the stage.

There is a fundamental biology to performance, and it begins with the child. The toddler learning to walk should be paying attention to the ground, but instead he or she is smiling proudly, head turned sideways towards the parents. They are the audience, watching the child perform each new routine.

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