When the going gets tough in your journey to become an actor-or whatever you’re striving towards – you may find yourself asking this question. I remember reading in Audition- I think it was- the author’s answer to the question. He said something like
If you have to ask the question, perhaps no, you shouldn’t be an actor. If you could be reasonably happy doing something else, then by all means, no, don’t become an actor.
Should is a word that I don’t like to include in my vocabulary. It takes away freedom of choice and kind of implies expectations and what not.
A better question would be, “Do I want to act? Would I like to act?” Or something along those lines.
A good follow-up question to ask would be, “What is my motivation?” This is your why.
As any actor can attest, your motivation is what compels you to act. So know that there is no wrong or right answer to this question but stronger and weaker. Whatever your answer, make certain that it is strong enough to sustain your fire and keep it burning while driving through the obstacles that you are likely to encounter along the way.