Acting Workout: When can I “do” something?

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Today I had my first acting class downtown with Dolores Drake. I am in her class called “The Professional Acting Workout”. I got to be downtown at night which I love, but not the late kind of night (though I got to do that too) but the sunset time of night. The twilight. When the orange (the pretty kind, not like the CMYK kind) kissed the pavilions and the streetlights and the building’s edges.

I learned so much and I really had a positive experience! So many questions and answers.

 I was wondering about how to know when you “can do” something. For example, an accent. Or a special skill. Like playing guitar. When am I competent enough and proficient enough and confident enough to put something on my resume. I suppose I could think of acting as similar to other types of jobs this way. If I don’t want to be hired for 3D Modeling, then I won’t put it on my resumé. If I don’t feel comfortable playing clarinet for a casting director, I probably shouldn’t advertise that either. My teacher brought up some good point too about getting feedback and confidence. Do [insert skill here] for people and if your peers, friends, classmates, teachers, etc. compliment you on your work, then it is something you should promote. Do you believe yourself and feel confident?

COMEDIC SIDE NOTE:

That reminds me… during the winter break this year I went on the trip to Whistler with some friends and for some reason (I can’t recall if this was before or after the alcohol but neither would surprise me) I spent a large portion of the evening pretending to be Australian (because SO MANY people we met up there were from down under). I went to a cafe with an accent (where the owners were legit Australian), I bought lift passes, I went to a bar… I drank more alcohol. LOL.

I got to read three parts today in class:

  1. A short bit from Brent Butt’s CBC show “Hiccups”
  2. A scene from a TV movie where I worked at an eyeglass store.
  3. I am now working on the role of “Lynda” from Savage in Limbo by John Patrick Shanley

I really enjoyed the class for a few reasons. Everyone is very talented. People are working. One of the guys from the last class I attended was in a commercial I saw on TV  recently! Cool! (I still get a bit starstruck : P).

Also, I really like working with Film and Television material. I was reflecting on my time so far in the SFU Theatre Program and I noticed that often with self-directed scenes from plays I couldn’t “figure it out”. What does this line mean? How do we make the scene interesting? I needed a director or outside eye to help me put things together. Perhaps it is because of all the short film work I have done from a Director and DOP standpoint, but I really “got” the scene today. There were a couple times when the rest of the class was confused but I “got” it. That felt good, to be in on the joke. To understand.

I started to see myself in roles while rehearsing in class today. This has been a struggle with me in my ongoing journey wondering if/how I should pursue acting. I am a character. I fit into role. THAT COULD BE ME.

Overall, beautiful, wonderful day. Job well done. Mission accomplished. YES.

assignment: describe british columbia

British Columbia
British Columbia is a large Canadian province with varied topography. Rivers and mountains tattoo the surface of the region, providing for a diverse collection of wildlife and natural species. Most communities are concentrated along the lower coast, littering the US and Albertan borders, connected by highways and names as varied as their inhabitants (cities from Hope to Invermere).

Lake Ohara at Dusk, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

British Columbia is beautiful.

BC stadium 2008

BC: spooning with

the océan pacifique and

the united states of us.

(a haiku).

roughly 1200+ animals die per second in Canada from the meat industry

According to chooseveg.ca over 650 million animals are slaughtered for food each year in Canada…

According to my calculations that’s…

1 780 821.92 per day.

74 200.9133 per hour.

1 236.68189 per second.

And 95% of these are from Factory Farms. Now it’s very late and my math might be totally off on this, but wow. That makes me very sad.

Go vegan please and thank you.
Holiday Baking - All Vegan!

And eat yummy things like this!

What if those were cats dying, would people stop eating cats? What about dogs? Why do we not bottle human milk and sell it? All questions this crazy system has left me with no answer to *sigh*

Tomorrow I will Occupy #Vancouver …

and I will do everything I can to re-enact this tommorrow at the Vancouver Art Gallery:

Ask yourself internally what kind of world do I want to live in and listen. Do it now.

And now ask yourself, how can I make that happen? How can I make that happen from a place of love, compassion, joy and equanimity.

-Deepak Chopra

This video from 1:30 to 3:00 really sums it up for me.

If I am a spokesman for all of the people who think that we should not have 24 million people in this country who can’t find a full time job, that we should not have 50 million people in this country who can’t see a doctor when they’re sick, that we shouldn’t have 47 million people in this country who need government help in order to feed themselves, and we shouldn’t 15 million families who owe more on their mortgage than the value of their home, okay. I’ll be that spokesman. – Alan Grayson

According to the Occupy Vancouver website:

We, the Ninety-Nine Percent, come together with our diverse experiences to transform the unequal, unfair, and growing disparity in the distribution of power and wealth in our city and around the globe. We challenge corporate greed, corruption, and the collusion between corporate power and government. We oppose systemic inequality, militarization, environmental destruction, and the erosion of civil liberties and human rights. We seek economic security, genuine equality, and the protection of the environment for all.

We are inspired and in solidarity with global movements including those across the Middle East, Europe, and the Occupy Wall Street / Occupy Together movement in over 1000 cities in North America. Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.

See you on the streets.

PS: I might do some of this too…

PEACE & LOVE.

Rainboots Made in Canada!

Today I want on a voyage to North Vancouver and stopped at this little shop in the North Van Quay called “Learn & Play!”  Not only did they have awesome stuffed animals and toys… but they also had rainboots that are made in Canada!

I got these nice purple ones. Cheaper than my last high quality rainboots (which lasted 4 years), they are weatherproof, ethical and adorable. What more could I ask for? Check them out online at the official Kamik website!

Public Salon

From June 9th 2010…

I was one of many lucky SFU students in attendance at Vancouver’s Public Salon. It was at the Vancouver Playhouse downtown and there were many interesting people both speaking and attending. The event was basically like the TED talks of Vancouver. They’ve uploaded the videos of the speeches. Here are some of my thoughts. BTW my favorites were John Fluevog, and Al Etmanski.

The first speaker was Douglas Todd. He made several generalizations about Vancouvites. We have a mistrust of traditions and institutions. We live in ethnic enclaves. We are not religious but rather, spiritual. We love the outdoors and physical activity.We are a tolerant people who believe in the “live and let live” principle…. looks like i’m in the right city! He wnt on to say that we also lack a certain culture and community of our own. I agree that more needs to be done to develop a true British Columbian community. More needs to be done to develop a world community… Community is important.

Next was Patrick Condon. He was speaking about one of the ideas that guides my lifestyle. If you do something well people will want to copy you. He was speaking about BC’s city planning and infrastructure however I try to apply this to my life. It’s why I am vegan, why I upcycle, why I buy sustainable (or try to). It’s also why I blog. One person alone doesn’t make a difference but one person can inspire others to join then, which is how real change is made. He also talked about and advocated from getting Trams instead of building skytrain extensions. They are much more cost effective and can cover a much wider area. At the end of his presentation I commented ” I heart trams” : )

John Fluevog said that it is up to individuals to make change and take ownership. By being yourself and letting your personality shine we create community. He also talked about some interesting design related initiatives that his business started. They allow users to design products and advertisements through contests.So I guess really you need to have personality but also allow others to show theirs.

Major Harjit Sajjan was talking about how important diversity (ethnic) is in the Canadian Forces. I liked what he had to say but it also reminded me of the old scenario. Should the most qualified Canadian get the job, or someone based on their minority status. I think this is a highly situational question. Perhaps some jobs require more diversity than others. Also, sometimes there are things beyond qualifications that make you the best candidate. Weather it be personality, ethics or experience.

Arran Stevens

“Intelligence is enlightened by love.”

“The vitality, richness of life is to love and be loved.”

You can check out http://www.globalcivic.org/index.php?/public-salons/salon-5/ to see all the talks!

The Grand BC Adventure Part II

When I finally got on the road with my Dad we started our trek to Grand Forks, BC. Right after we started driving down the freeway I saw a hitchhiker with a sign that said “HOPE” I was too slow to get a photo but it inspired me so much. A few hours later I realized he was referring to the town in BC called “Hope”… not the verb haha! It was still cool though.

I think we left around 1:00PM and arrived in Grand Forks at about 7:00PM. My Dad has a house that he rents out in town so we stayed in the basement suite (which is in progress). There was all this old furniture in there that I hadn’t seen in ages, funny where stuff ends up. Right when we drove up we saw a CITY DEER which was super cool. I really wanted to just get away from technology and be with nature for a while so the seeing the deer was such a nice welcome.

We ate and then made out way over to my Dad’s friend’s place. It was really cool to meet the type of people they hug you even if they just met you and make you feel loved just with their state of being. We went rafting down the river near the property. The moon was so bright and it was beautiful. Just us and the water.

To see more photos from the trip I have an album on facebook posted here.

Falling off the bike

Today I had one of those lazy/productive days. I had a bunch of computer-based jobs to finish so I was sitting around being lazy but getting stuff done at the same time. Later on I started to feel ill from all the sitting and computer radiation or w/e so I decided to get out and go for a bike ride. My goal was to check out the new Surrey rec centre type building by Gateway but sadly I did not get very far. I got lost in my thoughts and collided with the curb, falling off my bike.

It hurt.

I called my Mom.

I waited in the rain for her to come get me and take my lame-ass home.

While I was waiting I sat and watched these kids that were rollerblading around their driveway. There was a little ginger girl. She was so small but so eager to go as fast as she could. She didn’t fall at all but with every warble in her movement my heart leapt. How could someone so fragile be so careless? It was wet out. Big girl Jenni here could even stay up but somehow this little red-headed girl didn’t care or mind in the least. Charlie Brown, I empathize for you.

I’m so grateful it wasn’t serious. I had my helmut to protect me. However, I need to find a new bell… it didn’t make it haha x D