I was recently working with an actor on an upcoming role, and she voiced the terror that I think afflicts all actors at some point: Am I good enough to do the part? Truth be told, we never want to be good enough. Good enough sucks. We want to be great. We want our performances, every single one of them, to blow away the audience and kick the critics in their collective ass. It’s an impossible goal and a fool’s mission, but it’s an occupational hazard for the actor. So what does the actor do? How does the actor get good enough to do the role, any role? Start from who you are. I am not certain if such advice was first offered by Harold Clurman or Lee Strasberg or some other luminary of the American theatre, but it always serves the actor to remember that you are not stuck with the character, the character is stuck with you. The character consists of words on the page. No matter how powerful those words and the circumstances created by the playwright, the character on the page needs your body, spirit, soul, and imagination to come to life on the stage. It’s a thrill and a privilege to witness an actor trust this – in class, in rehearsal, or in performance — and prove that she is more than good enough.