Have you read Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way?
There’s a section of the book where she talks about going on long walks as part of your artist discovery. If you caught Lili Torre's latest episode of The Dreaded Question, you know that when I read that section of the book, I was like…come on. How can WALKING make me a better performer??
But then I stopped to analyze what do I do when I walk.
Listen to inspirational music
Listen to a thought-provoking podcast
Listen to a touching or informative or funny audiobook
Bask in silence. Hear the sounds of nature
Bask in the city sounds around me
Observe human interaction and behavior
Observe nature- colors, sounds, sights, animals, greenery, vastness, etc.
Observe human creation- buildings, sidewalks, cars, bikes, street lamps, art, etc.
Have imaginary conversations with other people
Have conversations with myself
Get blood flow and breath moving through my body
Exercise different muscles
And what are our main jobs as actors?
Living truthfully within given circumstances (including environment)
Taking action in order to meet your objective
Physically committing to the character, style, and time period of the piece.
Maybe this Julia Cameron is onto something…