I'm an actor also. I love both forms of storytelling. Immensely.
Often I get inspired by something I say on the fly, or a story I tell. And whenever I'm writing and working on something, I constantly test the story anytime there's an opportunity. If someone asks, what are you working on? I say, I'm writing _____, it's a story about ______ (one or two sentences). I use it to gauge the reaction of the listener and adjust the work accordingly.