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.

I think Angsty Music Makes Me More Angsty

Circa February 2012:

This past weekend I went to see some of my favourite bands play downtown – ALL TIME LOW! Mariana’s Trench, These Kids Wear Crown… oh and the headliner Simple Plan. I mainly went to see the openers and I was really excited to enjoy the mosh pit and throw myself into other people for a few hours.

It was super squishy at the beginning – we were almost like an ocean the way the whole crowd swayed together – literally leaning on one another during ATL. I was glad that a bunch of girls actually started a pretty wicked mosh pit during Simple Plan’s set. I got my wish! Yay! I love it when dreams come true : )

MT was pretty awesome! They had glitter! And I love how harmonic their music is. And Simple Plan has been around for a really long time so it was nice to know so many of their songs.

At the very end they played one of their really old songs, perfect:

And do you think I’m wasting my time doing things I wanna do?
But it hurts when you disapprove all along

– Perfect, SImple Plan

I find this song awkward. I feel uncomfortable singing song of the lyrics. Maybe it’s because to me they represent an awkward phase of life… those angsty teenage years… Anywho this one really hit me. I was sitting at the back of the floor enjoying a full view of the stage, and I cried. Well almost. My eyes got all watery and my face was all screwed up. Anyways, I was very sad, but very grateful at the same time. And I think it is totally valid to feel these things and need to express them – I have written my fair share of things like this – but I can’t help but wonder if these types of songs influence the world in a negative direction.

Recently a friend of mine in Sociology was telling me that some research says that in cultures where suicide is talked about more often there are higher rates of suicide. I wonder if music describing sad themes is the same way.

And now i’m all excited to see Ingrid Michelson next month!

Shake It Media + Wintercoast PRESENTS

Happy Holidays from Shake it Media and Wintercoast : )

I’ve been working on this all week (ok i’ve taken lotsa breaks) but it’s done just in time to wish you a very Happy Christmas!

PS: I’ve been enjoying saying “Happy Christmas” to people because it makes me feel British (like Harry Potter) and it reminds me that WAR IS OVER IF YOU WANT IT : )

STAGE STAR: an interactive video installation

This is what I do at school…

STAGE STAR is an interactive video projection installation designed specifically for the musical concert setting. By translating audio input and control from crowd
movement into video and light projection, STAGE STAR creates a concert experience that is both immersive and unique. It was my final project for IAT 443: Interactive Video.

I am so proud of my team for pulling this all together!

SPECIAL THANKS TO
Wintercoast (facebook.com/Wintercoast)
and The Railway Club in Vancouver, BC

Vegan Prom YVR 2011

Photo booth at Vegan Prom YVR

Last weekend I attended the very first ever VEGAN PROM at this cool venue called Wise Hall near Commercial Drive (actually I was near there last night and there were two people dressed as TREES walking around… THAT PLACE IS SO COOL!). I was the photobooth photographer and my lovely veggie friend Kyla help me out with that. It was a great chance to play with “studio-esque” lighting (though the lights were super bright for the space… it was so dark i’m not sure of any possible solutions except having a separate room for photos or a better divider). It was also so nice to meet so many other vegan people. There were even some vegan parents there! Love!

The whole thing was absolutely lovely : )

It was also a really great opportunity to promote my freelance services CREATIVE for CHANGE and my Facebook Page : )

Us and Them

On the weekend I had the pleasure of seeing “Us and Them,” an interactive show up on by Headlines Theatre.

I as the show began watched the shadows dance under the glow of the sunlight (stage light). The harmonics tickled my ears with their delicate touches of perfections, it was a quiet beauty.

As the opening scenes unfolded I observed many things. When I began looking for differences, they grew to be great and many. I think we see what we want to see. When you look for differences they are infinite. I also saw consumerism get in the way. Quite literally, one character couldn’t see his path over his big screen TV. I see a social irony here….

Also apparent to me were the differences and perspectives in every situation. There is an inside to every window and a room behind each wall.

A large theme that the show presented was the modern differences in gender. Transgendered stigma was explored. It is something that I have only been part of dialogue on recently and I am still learning about issues and challenges faced by transgendered people. This is an area where I am fairly ignorant. Man… Woman… can’t we just be people? I am curious if these issues would exist outside of North American culture.

“We never know what we do.”

– DAVID DIAMOND

Is too much equal to nothing at all?

After the play we engaged in a DIALOGUE. In a dialogue, we suspend judgement and listen to others, even those with whom we don’t agree. This dialogue was centered around hot to build bridges, tear down walls, and stopping putting them up in the first place. The community in the room looked for access points to create these new outcomes.

“Is the wall inside yourself?”

– DAVID DIAMOND

I was left with these conclusions. Laughter, silliness and acknowledgements are the ANSWER TO EVERYTHING. I want to be a celebrator of differences and an empowering force of change in the world : )

US AND THEM runs until Saturday, November 12th. Shows are at 8PM at The Cultch. Dooo it!

Vegan High Tea

Recently I had the pleasure of attending Vegan High Tea at Indigo Foods in Vancouver. I got a great deal on Ethical Deal so it was super affordable (thanks to my friend for the great find!) and DELICIOUS! I’ve been eating about 90% raw food since returning from California this summer so it was nice to try some new things like a collard wrap (picture below) and lots of chocolate and coconut desserts : )

My friend and I accidentally purchased two coupons so we tried to find more people to come eat with us. Luckily my new vegan friend Allison was available. We are both studying in the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at SFU and met in one of our classes this semester. I’m so grateful to have met her because 1) She is awesome and creative and I love it  and 2) I wanted to expand my network of vegans and it’s totally manifesting!

It was nice to sit and talk about thing but talk about everything at the same time. Mmmm!

Oh, and the place itself was really cool too! Kinda out of the way for me, but I hear they have an Opera Singer and Belly Dancer on the weekends! Fun!

My WE DAY 2011

Last week I got to be a part of We Day 2011 and I couldn’t be more blessed. Last year was my first We Day (a huge event at Rogers Arena where they get 18,000 students pumped about making social change) and I was a crowd pumper. This year I got to help coordinate the CP team and wear a headset which was pretty wicked. All those years of theatre really paid off haha. It was interesting because I wasn’t really watching the show, but I was there, with all of these inspiring amazing people. And I still got to dance and wear my tight and bright attire : D

My highlights included this speech by Noah Kaplan called “be the spark” was one of the most beautiful things I have heard in a long time.

He stands on the edge of eternity peering cautiously into the future….

…Grab a hand and hold it…. and we can sit in wonder together….

– Noah Kaplan

It is an amazing thing, to create a dream for yourself and then see it realized. I totally wanted the opportunity I created for myself this year and I look forward to the future as well : )

GRATEFUL FOR LIFE!

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.

3 Poems for an Early Morning

Vancouver Reflections

 

 

A Conscious Poem:

am i up high?

am I down low?

is there a difference?

can I be both?

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SILVER RIVER

cold shiver

my liver

big giver

SILVER RIVER

I quiver

life liver.

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in a constant state

of sleeplessness

and unrest

and undress

on this late evening

I confess

I attest

to madness

as we evolve

I resolve

to meet all of

everything with love.