Over 40 years ago, a friend of mine saw me moping around after starting the process of a divorce and all-but-ordered me to take part in a play she was directing. The part consisted of walking across the stage twice and making some off-stage noises. From that point on, I was “hooked” on being a thespian.
Being on stage has continued to satisfy a number of emotional needs for me. I like to engage people in what I’m doing. I like to be noticed. I love to make people laugh or, at least, react to what I do. And I like to try on other personas besides the one I inhabit on a daily basis.