Acting is half shame, half glory. Shame at exhibiting yourself, glory when you can forget yourself.
One mustn't allow acting to be like stockbroker -- you must not take it just as a means of earning a living, to go down every day to do a job of work. The big thing is to combine punctuality, efficiency, good nature, obedience, intelligence, and concentration with an unawareness of what is going to happen next, thus keeping yourself available for excitement.
Your English style will no doubt put all the other gentlemen to bed.
I speak figuratively, of course.