I've never understood how essential relaxation is as an actor, until now. I mean I had the knowledge but I don’t think I have experienced that knowledge until now. We had the privilege of using the theatre last week for our voice class. Brilliant, brilliant actors have graced the Circle In The Square Theatre stage before us. However, on Monday morning we painstakingly stepped on to the stage, one by one and labored over finding our OPL (optimum pitch lever). If your instrument isn’t in tune it’s embarrassing. Our teacher shares a little secret with us in attempt of pulling us out of our cerebral cortex. “Acting is fun.” Ha. I have had this moment of clarity a few times throughout the school year. Oh yea, I do this because I get to experience the most incredibly rich moments. Sometimes I feel like I am carrying this huge responsibility, as an actor. As if I am carrying around the burden of solving one of the world’s greatest mysteries. When we all started to relax that morning, magic happened. I was worried about feeling rusty, out of shape etc. the first week back after the break. But when I started the week the way I did (sick, exhausted, emotionally drained) I didn't care how the week went anymore, I just took each moment as it came to me and was very relaxed because of it. My work was probably better than if I had been in top notch state. So relax everyone, acting is fun. Artistic expression is fun. Do more of it with more love and compassion.