I listened to this interview with Fran Lebowitz the other day and she talked about the rare-ness of talents. Talented actors, she pointed out, are not rare. They are so common that 90% of them are unemployed at a time. And that’s really truly gifted actors. There’s a sea of actors who are not truly gifted and 90% are also unemployed at a time.
This thought has disrupted me a little bit. It makes a great deal of sense. And as an actor, I recognize the common-ness of this talent, while simultaneously imagining myself to be rare. A certain amount of self-delusion is necessary in order to continue to dive into the acting pool. You have to pretend that there is no one but you who might fulfill this role, when, in fact, there are thousands.