I did. For two years. I wanted to be able to best help my clients succeed – by helping myself.
Hugh Jackman on a recent Inside Actors Studio said it best. Here is an excerpt:
Audience member: How has acting helped you in your personal and professional life?
Hugh: “When I went to acting school, I thought ‘I wish everybody did this – everybody should do this.’
Why would I care if you were an accountant, or what? What I learned about breathing – if you aren’t learning to breathe the best way you can, you aren’t open, – your emotions aren’t open.
The things I learned as an actor about listening, about being present, about human nature – I think everybody should learn it.
The whole acting training and the whole life as an actor is about being awake.
… Whether in acting, personal, or professional life – it’s all about our relationships and its just another opportunity to wake up really.”