Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan (Emily Deschanel), from TV Series “Bones” (imdb.com)
Creative expression is not just about using outside materials and tools, but actually being an instrument oneself.
It is a valuable and challenging idea that has been a theme of a number of acting coaches, but also applies to any form of creative work.
One example was the acclaimed teacher Sanford Meisner who said, “Every actor’s instrument is different because every actors instrument is their humanity, their sensitivity. Their soul. And there is no ‘right way’ or ‘one way’ to get to that instrument. That soul.”
[Book: Sanford Meisner on Acting.]
The following inspiring and insightful perspectives by dancer, choreographer and teacher Martha Graham have been around many years, and widely quoted – but it may be valuable to think about them every now and then.