Many times in my life I have been told I am empathetic to a fault. I feel too much, too deeply. My consideration for others’ feelings and experiences outweighs my own. “Toughen up!” I’ve been told. “Your skin is too thin!”
I would’t have it any other way.
I believe that cultivating empathy is one true way we can improve the world we live in. I look around me and my heart aches. People are so isolated in their suffering. We have become a society in which we compare wounds. We look at each other say, “I see you hurting but let me tell you how what I am going through is worse” instead of simply saying, “I see you hurting.”
Empathy. That is why I believe in what I do as an actor. As I prepare for a role and step into the shoes of another human (or the occasional non-human…), I am growing my empathetic capacity. When we sit in the audience and see and hear stories told about worlds and experiences beyond what we have ever encountered, we are strengthening our empathy muscle.
How wonderful to be a part of an art form that is truly about improving the human condition.
How could I choose any other path?