Here is Kim Stanley, one of Tennessee Williams’ favorite actors, on what acting asks of us:
I don’t know how to speak to people about acting if they don’t recognize it as an art, as a high calling, as a terribly demanding pursuit that will require not only more than you realize but more than you will ever possess. This is a terribly daunting thing to say to students, particularly young people who want so badly to learn, to create a life they’ve dreamed about all their lives, but they simply do not understand how much will be required to just maintain the schedule of living, much less the rigorous demands of filling a part and keeping your mind and your heart and your body alive to the merciless thing they’ve asked to marry.
You can read her complete remarks here. A must.