As you take on new characters, you begin to learn that you have everything you need inside you. The characters are embodied through the qualities you give them in your emotions, words and body language. So, if you have a bad day, it's up to you to set it aside! Share with the interviewer how you push past a bad day and continue to perform.
"As I get into character, I use all of the frustration from the day to energize me and motivate me. I always use the frustration to my benefit."
Entry Level answer example
"If I am having a really bad day, and still need to perform, I talk myself through it. I can shift a bad day into a phenomenal performance, by setting my mind to it! If you have any techniques that you use to help you shift gears and be present on stage, I would love to hear more about them."
Experienced answer example
"Every actor has a bad day now and then. I remind myself that my performance has nothing to do with me or my personal life. I tell myself that my character deserves the best from me. This mentality helps me in tough or emotional situations. Acting can be an escape as well, so it's best to hang onto that on the toughest of days."