#1 - KNOW WHEN TO ACT . . . AND WHEN NOT TO!
There is a fine line between being an actor and being a great actor. There is also a fine line between real life and pretend. Many actors get caught up in the throws of their craft and forget to develop who they are as a person. Being able to act is a skill we learn. It involves character development, insight, research, practice, and experience. Living our day to day lives involves the development of our character, insight into the feelings and thoughts of others around us; research on topics that will make us more well-rounded and interesting individuals; practice of the hobbies we love and skills we hope to perfect; and the experience that only time can grant us.
Having the real you to go along with the "talent" you gives one depth that others can perceive. It gives you what the industry calls the "it" factor -- a sparkle that catches our attention, although we're not quite sure why. So spend time developing your craft and developing yourself equally!
What part of your "real life" you has helped you book a gig as a talent?