Often, being an actor is about dealing with stress and pressure – trying to find work in an overcrowded profession, trying to realise a project with minimal funds, continually facing up to an uncertain future, doing work where your mistakes are public. It can be a pressure cooker, but the key during such times is keeping your head, remaining mentally strong, staying fixed on your goals, not allowing the stress and the pressure to deter you, or to cause you to fray. It’s about ensuring that you keep thinking correctly, keep working correctly and keep improving. And if you keep going, eventually you will come out the other side. Being an actor is not always the elegant lifestyle we would like it to be, often we are forced to scramble in the dust. But there is nothing wrong with that, there is no shame in struggling, struggling is not failure – quitting is failure.