Michael Wiles says that staying in shape is part of his job. He has to remain in at least good physical condition in order to stand the long days of performing, practicing, and rehearsing. While many other actors work out to preserve their body type or just to keep “looking good”, Wiles lifts weights to keep himself fit and to stay focused.
Many people don’t realize how difficult being an actor is on one’s body. There is traveling, waiting for hours for an audition, singing and dancing on stage while either a director or an audience judges every move and every line you make or say. Part of being an actor is performing well under stress. This stress is constant, and if actors don’t “stay loose” they won’t ever be able to perform when it matters most. Michael Wiles says that he stays loose by burning excess energy through workouts. His weightlifting regimen is part of his process to deal with the pressure inherent in being an actor for a living. The only way to earn money and keep acting is to win auditions for parts and performing.
Auditions and performances are both extremely stressful and difficult on the body in general. An actor has to be able to find his or her breath before every line. Actors must have the physical endurance and the breathing technique to deliver perfect lines, over and over, hour after hour, and performance after performance. Every actor has a different way of dealing with the mental and physical stress. Michael Wiles reduces his stress by improving his body and mind.