I watched an interview with Daniel Day Lewis last night.
He was trying to explain what it was like being an actor. But he was trying to explain what it was like from the inside - from his inner point of view.
I thought he was being crystal clear and even going further and showing what it was like - he was showing as well as telling.
But the interviewer, Michael Parkinson, couldn't get it.
He couldn't understand what being an artist was even though he had the genuine article in front of him, showing him.
For Daniel Day Lewis is a genuine artist. And meeting him, you realise how rare this is. And how incomprehensible this is to the non artist.
For to be an artist all you need to do is to get out of your own way.
But this is unthinkable for almost everyone.
And so a genuine artist remains magical and incomprehensible.
Simply because we can't get out of our own way.