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A Service to the Community, is an Honor to Me April 26, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — wearethespians @ 4:03 pm

One of the greatest experiences of my acting career was when I helped a fifth grade class put on a play. It was hard work; getting them to sit still for costume fittings, making sure they remembered there lines, and at what times they were to talk. But it was also the most fun I had had in a long time.

There is nothing that I like more than to be able to give back to my community, so when I was chosen to help the fifth grade class put on a play I felt proud. Some may think that having so much fun with a fifth grade play is pathetic, but I don’t. To me it was an honor, and I made memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Plus, I got some pretty sweet babysitting jobs out of the deal as well.

My question to you this week is, what have you done lately to help others in your community?
It is good for everyone!

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Persevere, Persevere, Persevere!

Filed under: Uncategorized — wearethespians @ 3:00 am

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to become sidetracked? I have. It is very easy for me to become sidetracked especially when I am trying to procrastinate.

Lately, I have been having problems with this. Spring fever has infected me, and I am ready to be done with my second semester of college. It is nearly impossible for me to focus. It is even harder for me to focus when I go over to my friend’s dorm. So a few tips to help you focus and to get through finals week are:

-DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!-putting things off until the last minute only adds to your stress and lessens the quality of your assignment.
-Study but do not over study
-Eat healthy and drink lots of water
-Get as much sleep as you can while still being productive during the day
-Schedule time for friends-it is good to take a break during study periods
-Stick to your schedule
-And Persevere!

Now, I know this post does not have much to do with theatre at all. But I think this topic can be applied to multiple venues. No matter if it trying to get through finals, preparing yourself for a job interview, or keeping to a regular work-out schedule it is important to persevere.

 

To be at Your Best April 24, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — wearethespians @ 11:12 pm

A subject matter that has always been interesting to me is the different types of healing methods; like modern and alternative medicine. I have always believed in the fact that health is fifty percent mental and fifty percent physical, and that a variety of healing strategies should be used to keep you at your best.

For example, I love yoga. The art of yoga, the information about different pressure points, and the alignment of chakras is something that I take pride in daily. You may not believe in this type of healing, but it is interesting to learn about, nonetheless. Once I have completed my yoga routine I always feel more energized and alert. I always make sure to keep up with my yoga routine, especially during performance week.As I have said before, when involved with the theatre you must be at your best health. If you are not, your performance will suffer.

I am going to use my friend as an example as to why it is important to take care of your body and your mind during performance week. She was part of the musical that went on at our school recently. She had rehearsal every night for two months, for five hours a night. On top of the musical she is taking sixteen credit hours. It only took a week for her to be completely run down. Before the musical was over, she got sick three times, and lost her voice once.

Now the musical was incredible, but it was very hard on her. She still hasn’t fully recovered yet. This is why when in theatre, you MUST TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.

 

Why hurt someone that has done You No Wrong April 16, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — wearethespians @ 9:00 am

One thing about humanity that I have never understood was our ability to judge others based on first impressions, and sometimes it does not take meeting a person to judge them. All you need is to hear about them and an automatic judgment is given. The funniest part of a judgment is that they can be completely wrong.

For example, I have a friend and his mother does not care for me at all. By “does not care” I mean she completely hates me. She finds me irresponsible, and a bad influence on her son. I think it is hilarious because I am a straight “A” student who has been seen has very responsible by my peers on numerous occasions. But what I find unfair about her view of me is that the woman has never met me.

What gives her the right to make those types of judgments? What gives any of us the right to judge? That is the big question, and I have no idea what the answer is. I do not believe we can ever fully stop ourselves from judging others, but what we can do is be aware of it. Form an opinion, if you must, but then do not let that opinion stop you from getting to know the person. Most importantly is to be aware how you act and what you say because once you speak, you can never take back those words. Why hurt someone that has done you no wrong?

 

A Little Bit of Good goes a Long Way April 15, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — wearethespians @ 12:30 pm

Recently I watched a video of a little boy who scored a touchdown during a Nebraska game. I may not know much about football, but I do know a little something about kindness.

Nowadays, kindness can seem like a rare find. Most tend to look on the bleak side of things, and some have even given up on humanity. Sometimes I contemplate giving up on people, but just when I am ready to be done there always seems to be a reminder of why I shouldn’t lose faith just yet.

While watching this video I had chills. The pure kind-heartedness that this football team shows is thrilling to watch. It is nice to know that not all is lost. There may be a lot of bad in this world, but no matter how much bad there is, a little bit of good goes a long way. Kindness cannot ever be depleted. It is infinite.
I encourage you all to watch this video.

Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_Jmisv1Spck

 

A Song With a Meaning

Filed under: Uncategorized — wearethespians @ 9:00 am

When I need to feel motivated, energized, happy, or distracted I always listen to “Ragdoll” by Aerosmith. I love how I can walk to the exact beat of the song. It always makes me feel strong and like a total badass, as goofy as that sounds. I also love that the music itself has a lot of jazz qualities to it, especially towards the end. It is also a great song for when I go to the gym. I dare you to listen to it just once, and not like it.

Here are the lyrics:

[Chorus:]
Rag Doll livin’ in a movie
Hot tramp Daddy’s little cutie
You’re so fine they’ll never see ya leavin’ by the back door, mam
Hot time get it while it’s easy
Don’t mind come on up and see me
Rag Doll baby won’t you do me like you done before
I’m feelin’ like a bad boy
Mm just a like a bad boy
I’m rippin’ up a Rag Doll
Like throwin’ away an old toy
Some babe’s talkin’ real loud
Talkin’ all about the new crowd
Try and tell me of an old dream
A new version of the old scene
Speak easy on the grape vine
Keep shufflin’ in a shoe shine
Old tin lizzy do it till you’re dizzy
Give it all ya got until you’re put out of your misery

[Chorus]
Yes I’m movin’
Yes I’m movin’
Get ready for the big time
Tap dancing on a land mine
Yes I’m movin’
Yes I’m movin’
Old tin lizzy do it till you’re dizzy
Give it all ya got until you’re put out of your misery
Rag Doll livin’ in a movie
Hot tramp Daddy’s little cutie
You’re so fine they’ll never see ya leavin’ by the back door, mam
Hot time get it while it’s easy
Don’t mind come on up and see me
Rag Doll, baby won’t ya do me, baby won’t ya do me,
baby won’t ya do me like you done before
Yes I’m movin’
Yes I’m movin’
Get ready for the big time
Get crazy on the moon shine
Yes I’m movin’
I’m really movin’
Sloe Gin Fizzy, do it till you’re dizzy
Give it all ya got until you’re put out of your misery

[Chorus]
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Keep Yourself Motivated. Keep Yourself Energized. April 14, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — wearethespians @ 9:00 am

I have always liked the saying, “There are no small parts, only small actors”, and I have always felt that it was true.

Everyone is disappointed when they don’t get the part that they wanted, especially when a person tried out specifically for a part. But the way I always look at it is that any part equals exposure and experience, two items that actors are always looking for. Sure you may not have the biggest part or the most lines, but everyone contributes to a play. You
should never feel sorry for yourself because no matter how brief your moment on stage is, that play is depending on you to perform to the best of your abilities. Never let anyone tell you that you are unimportant.

If you happen to feel underappreciated try to power through it. Someone will notice your talent and you will have your moment to shine, but you cannot let it get you down. I have always thought of it as a battle, and I have never liked to loose. When I am feeling underappreciated I will bring up how I am feeling, if it is concerning my family, or I go do something that will make me feel better, like a pedicure or a new book. Keep yourself motivated. Keep yourself energized.