We leave our mark by taking -- as if it were a baton -- from our predecessors, & then making it wholly our own.
~ MARTHA GRAHAM
The ownership thing. I’m thinking about this a lot lately. How it works. Why it works. And when it works, how undeniable it is. How utterly irresistible.
The word has positive & negative connotations. But for an actor owning the role = mastery / value / respect. The powerful feeling of ownership = the end of thinking & worrying & plotting & planning & the onset of the relaxation & confidence of just being.
How does it come about? How do you take an unfamiliar object: Blanche Dubois / President Lincoln / an ER doc / Marie Curie / a psychopath / or a cipher with three lines called “Man at Party” & claim it as yours? Possess it so completely that no one can imagine any one but you in the part?
How you get from you, to there?