Don’t be the image, you are the image.
When it comes to shaping a character as an actor you can very easily become influenced by the opinions of others and stop searching for the “truth” deep within you.
Does this happen in every other sphere of life? Almost certainly it does.
Don’t be tossed about by the wind, thrown about by the opinions and views of others, double-minded and divided, forgetting to search for the truth that lies within you.
The truest interpretation of a character is usually given by an actor who takes his whole self and then strips away “everything” that is not the character. Sometimes in life we try to find ourselves by “adding” things, but in reality we find ourselves when we strip everything else away.