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Cate Blanchett on Living a Creative Life

Cate BlanchettIn her recent interview with Charlie Rose, Cate Blanchett talks about acting and working with Woody Allen for her latest role in his new movie “Blue Jasmine” – and she refers to the poignant quotes by dancer, choreographer and teacher Martha Graham (1894-1991) about leading a creative life and being an artist, such as these:

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.

“It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions.

“It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open…

“No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”

[Note – the “Suggested clips” in the video are not relevant – they are automatically added by the video app.]

The two video clips are from the Charlie Rose interview of July 24; see the full length interview at Bloomberg TV.

Read more of Martha Graham’s perspectives in my post: Keep the channel open.

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Cate Blanchett on Living a Creative Life

Douglas Eby

Douglas EbyDouglas Eby, MA/Psychology, is a writer and researcher on psychology and personal development related to creativity; creator of the , and author of books including [link to book site with excerpts.]
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Eby, D. (2013). Cate Blanchett on Living a Creative Life. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 8, 2020, from


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