Ch01.B10 Nurture your instrument

Ch01.B10 Nurture your instrument

by Hilary Stevens

Health became massive for me pretty much as soon as I finished acting school.

One of my non-artistic jobs is within the fitness industry and I ask many of the people I meet what it is about health that is so important to them and why they feel the need to make it a priority. Combining what I’ve learnt through my own experiences with what I’ve gathered from these generous people is that we slowly learn to take care of our bodies and minds from whatever place works best for us.

For many of us, our bodies are our instruments. And I’m learning that, whether you’re a creative or not, being fit is not just about cardio focus; it’s holistic. Being fit is about eating right, sleeping enough and staying “healthy” but also developing other holistic practices, like yoga, dance and meditation.

As an actor, I’ve learnt how important warming up your body is. I’ve also found how important warming up your mind is, understanding how it can stretch, overcome obstacles, bend deep into dark holes and come out of them unscathed.

“Meditation has become my key to a clear mind” one guy said. “The only way I can write is when I’m at peace mentally, clear headed, happy and listening to thoughts as they pass me by.“

Creative people invest so much into a character in order to tell a story as truthfully as possible but what if they can’t come back out of it completely? We all know how many artists have been challenged by their creative minds to the point of breaking and tragedy. This is where caring for your instrument is so important.

As I discover more about this industry, the more I notice how successful people get up, do their jobs, love it, learn and move on. For someone who is new to the craft though, it can be overwhelming, confusing, compulsive and bloody difficult to crack.

On the surface, many people appear healthy, at peace mentally, and killing it in their field. In reality, everyone has their struggles, but the artists that survive have nurtured their instrument in preparation for creating and contributing to society when necessary.

Ultimately, this is why we create – to help others, to tell stories, and to take on that huge responsibility of giving art purpose.

This holistic and therapeutic process has become the mentally healthy way to communicate and express how we feel on the inside.

On the surface, many people appear healthy, at peace mentally, and killing it in their field. In reality, everyone has their struggles, but the artists that survive have nurtured their instrument in preparation for creating and contributing to society when necessary.

Ultimately, this is why we create – to help others, to tell stories, and to take on that huge responsibility of giving art purpose.

This holistic and therapeutic process has become the mentally healthy way to communicate and express how we feel on the inside.

Ch01.B11 Resistance

Ch01.B11 Resistance

Ch01.B09 Hummingbirds, health and happiness

Ch01.B09 Hummingbirds, health and happiness