“i can’t do math in my head!” “here’s some paper.” “i can’t do math on paper!”
oh, burt. you really are one of my spirit animals.
"I really, really struggled. I would cry every day. I went nuts, ended up missing a whole year. I just can’t — I can’t exist in normal group situations. A classroom, where you have to sort of jockey for position, compete for attention — I would just withdraw. I literally didn’t know how to function. Performing gives you a very clear set of directives. You have this role that’s written out for you, the person you’re talking to has a role that’s written out for them and — at least as long as you’re on stage or the cameras are rolling — everything has this structure and this set of rules. You know your place. You don’t have to account for your own personality. And it creates this entirely fake social environment which can be very, very comforting."