To be an actor in an industry town …
(Writer, Director, Casting Director)
There are volumes on what it means to be creative. Let me add two more metaphors to the canon.
To be an actor means to play in your own sandbox, on cue, under pressure, in front of a bunch of people who need to be reminded of their own, often misplaced sandboxes.
Buried by production, time, and personal pressures, the people sitting in many audition rooms usually look like they’ve just swallowed a half-pound of toxic waste. The air in the room can be stale with tension.