Sometimes, people don’t believe me when I tell them that I have anxiety, because I am an actor and I have no issues going on stage. Sure, there is the expected pre-stage anxiety. But that anxiety is already a lot less than the anxiety I am faced with on a daily basis. Once I’m on stage, however, all the anxiety goes away completely.

When the show ends, I walk off the stage, and the anxiety comes back once more. The pounding heart, the breathlessness, the sensitiveness to noise...

Here’s my theory:
When I am on stage, I am my character - I am a grieving sister, I am a child, I am a bully, and most importantly, I am not me.

I would like to hear your thoughts on this, dear readers. Do leave a comment or drop me an email at claireleong(at)

Published by Claire Leong