To me, the time frame for me starting to act to right now has been kind of a cool progression. I have seen recordings of my past performances vs the performances of much recently and I can honestly say a few things about acting in front of everyone and why it has helped me through the struggles.
I don’t get much anxiety much anymore when I do get up on the stage, I actually don’t give a royal fuck what someone in the front row thinks of me, which means I can fully recite my lines with emotion instead of someone who looks like he is about to be run over by a car! Yes, I get a little anxiety before opening night, but you know what that is normal!
I have been socializing more and more. It is better if you do a small play of like 10 people to start off with and grow to plays of 50+ people. I know it sounds odd but, we are all technically acting when we are around people. “How are you doing” question and people saying fine is a perfect example of us acting in front of people to be like them.
I had them before, but I find it is hard to focus on the obsessive thoughts when I am obsessing over memorizing my lines or obsessing over how I sound on the stage. I guess you can say I still have obsessive thoughts, but they are redirected obsessive thoughts.
I can go on and on but, the moral of the story is go out to your local theatre and try out for a play. You may not be Lady Macbeth, but you might just get lucky enough to play her servant(like I did) and other cool roles.