Coming into this semester I had the assumption that the acting business is about pounding your head to the pavement every day in a flash of unfocused energy. The reality is that’s a good way to keep spinning your wheels. LA isn’t this golden land that if you show up to several auditions you’ll suddenly become a huge success. The biggest part is what happens behind the scenes: setting goals for yourself, getting in a rhythm, being realistic while still being hopeful. I have learned that preparation is everything. The reason why an actor who forgets his lines in an audition is so repelling is because it’s the surest way to show the actor didn’t prepare. It’s the most basic requirement to know your lines, yet a large number of the actors who came in to audition for the talent management company I interned for didn’t know what they were saying. It was the key few that had complete ownership over what they were saying who made it even worth taking a risk on an actor. Bursts of motivation to get work done are few and far between. You need to kick yourself in gear to work when you least want to. It’s about being tenacious in your preparation—those who are always succeed.