I was privileged to be cast in a student film at the local community college, and it taught me a lot about an actor's role in a production.  It is a common misconception that actor's only think about themselves when, in reality, to act I have to be more focused on my scene partner.  During the film shoot yesterday, I understood that my role was to make everyone else look good.  So often in life, I concentrate on how I come off and what people think of me.  During the shoot, when I concentrated on how I could make the director/sound guy/cinematographer/fellow actors look their best, it took the pressure off myself and allowed my acting to flow more naturally.  It seems that if I put the priority on other people, I shine as well.