Thursday, 27 February 2014
PS. I highly recommend you read THIS POST. It's where the quote for my header came from.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Mel Churcher, what an extraordinary woman! This past week I had the pleasure of working with Mel whilst at Pinewood Studios. I absolutely LOVE studios. The possibilities. The world. It really is magic. If you're looking for a place to get your showreel, I highly recommend the Actors Studio in London. Not only are they located in Pinewood Studios, but the people you get to work with are pretty amazing.
I actually found out about the course through a blog a friend of mine suggested. It was meant to be. Rebekah, if you're reading this, thanks for sharing! I absolutely loved the course.
Let's talk about the course. The first three days were spent really learning, sharing, & discovering. We worked on breathing and relaxing our bodies. We also worked on finding our centers. It's so interesting, ya know. I got my degree in vocal performance, right, and if I had a dollar for every time I had to use those breathing exercises from university, I would've been able to pay off my tuition by now! Incredible. Anyway, back to finding our center. It's phenomenal how important that is. Not just for acting, but for living!
Mel gave us a few other tools I had never heard of before. Like, "Cats & Dogs" and "Laban Efforts". Maybe you have, but they were new to me! We worked a lot on thinking & picturing things rather than feeling. I'm probably not making a lot of sense, which is why you should take the course.
The last two days of the course were my favorite. They were the days we got to film our scenes. You can see some snapshots of the process on my twitter & instagram. Mel was our director and coach. I'm amazed at how easy it felt. That was all Mel. For the first time, in a long time, acting felt so effortless. Just like when I was a child. Do you remember that feeling? I thought I'd never find it again. Euphoria. (Great. Now that Eurovision song is in my head.) I suppose that's what being in the moment feels like, effortless. But, yeah. Mel's class was worth every penny. Mel's extraordinary and extremely talented. Not to mention, on the last day Tim, the director of the Actors Studio, sat down with each of us and talked business. Ya know, like how we need to be on Spotlight. (Which I am now Tim! Thank-you-very-much!) That was a good chat. Tim definitely said what I needed to hear.
I'm really looking forward to adding my showreel to my website and my Spotlight page. The crew were amazing! Although our crew was the "absolute minimum", according to the AD, it's phenomenal to think how many people are involved in making the films we all get to enjoy. I am in love.
TWENTY14, the year of making things happen, is looking alright. Ee!
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Oh dearest blog, how I have missed you! Friends- we have internet! Two, what seemed a lot longer than it actually is, months! Oh! And guess who finally graduated to an iPhone? This girl. It's primarily for business. I swear! Ya know the funny thing about the iPhone and having internet again? I feel kind of claustrophobic with it all. It was extremely liberating NOT being reachable. I totally get weekend retreats now. Seriously. Do them. It'll free your mind!
Now to this extremely overdue blog post. I love sharing about my friends on here. Love, love, love it! It means a lot to me that they're willing to be shared. Let me introduce to you Hannah. I won't share much because she's written a lovely ditty about herself, but she made doodling on my nails look so simple! She's a total hobbyist at this kind of stuff, but it makes 10 year old me giggle with excitement! I always thought it was tricky paint brush nail art thing, but she has totally simplified it!
Check out some of her work!
In our hang out session, we did a tuxedo/affair-to-remember/new-years-eve special. Here are the tools we used:
Here's Hannah planning what we're going to do...
...and then doodling them...
...and c'est voila!
My favorite is the tuxedo and the lace. I want them on all my nails! The glitter one's supposed to be a dress. Maybe next time. ;)
And now a note from Hannah herself!
Hi, I’m Hannah. I’m currently training to be an English Teacher but in my spare time I have a bit of an obsession with nail art. It started when I would admire other peoples’ nails and then I decided that surely I could do it too (with some practise…). I could also save myself a lot of money by doing them myself. I’ve been trying different designs for about a year now, and it all started with ‘Cath Kidston’ style nails. Fellow colleagues at my workplace started to admire them and asked me to do their nails. I started charging them to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
I don’t consider myself a professional and I would never charge people for personal financial gain. It is more of a hobby for me and a chance to be a bit creative. After a stressful day of teaching and planning, it’s a chance to unwind in front of the television by creating and painting my latest nail designs.
I really enjoy trying different designs using google images to search for inspiration and, for more difficult designs, I use youtube tutorials to guide me through the stages. I often adapt these ideas and try my own styles. Best of all is when I find a simple design that looks particularly effective. In the past I’ve tried ombre nails (gradient effect), galaxy nails and have used newspapers to create bookish nails. Recently, I tried a lace effect feature nail on a French manicure which turned out really well.
Thank you so much Hannah! I was staring at my nails for days!!
Until next time!
Thursday, 19 December 2013
So, I was hoping we'd have internet by now, but as it's the holidays, who knows when we'll have internet in our flat! BUT before everyone's off for Christmas, I need to share with y'all my golden top ten Christmas songs!
Let's please make note of #9. I LOVE a duo! Last year I got to share my friend Ian Patrick Gibb, and this year it's all about the married duo known as The Songwriters Co. William and Shannon Stucky are the sweetest couple I have ever met, aside from John and I that is! Ha! Acoustic, festive, and just so darn sweet! Please, please check out their album and buy it!!
Here they are singing O Come All Ye Faithful, but you can buy their album here. Seriously for just $4.95, you won't regret it!! Your ears are going to thank you and your soul will feel loved. Will & Shannon if you're reading this, THANK YOU! I love this little ditty. Best wishes for the future!
You're OH SO WELCOME. That's me for the end of 2013. Gosh, what a year! Until next year; next resolutions, and wonderful beginnings. 2014 is MY year!
Love you all and have a wonderful, merry Christmas!!