One of the favorite introductory lines you'll find at a "young-actors" party is: "So, where do you train?" Every time I'm asked I feel my stomach turn in embarrassment; "I don't", I whisper meekly, staring at my shoes. While not entirely true, it's more truth than the alternative.
Out of high school, I signed up for a couple of audition workshops at a local studio and was introduced to the Method; an acting technique born out of Stanislavski's work and developed by Lee Strasberg. Unfortunately, I never made it past the sensory exercise level, but what I learned were the basics of something called "sense memory", which I apply to most all my work. I've come to realize the value of sensory appreciation; stopping and smelling the roses, (I prefer Lilacs) so to speak? I try to find moments in my day-to-day where I can do just that.