Thought I’d share this little gem of wisdom…
lt’s so easy to forget to look after ourselves, to be good to ourselves. We spend so much of our time focussed on other people whether at work or at home in relationships, that sometimes I think we forget that we need our care too.
What am I doing this week for myself? I’m not working on Friday (even though I need the money) so that I can go and take some dance classes. I’ve been fairly stressed lately and nothing makes me feel so in sync and happy as a ballet or contemporary dance class. So this Friday it’s all about giving my body and mind what it needs to relax and feel good about itself!
We’re half way through the week so, everybody out there, you’ve still got time to do something special for YOU.
Ok so I’ve already shown you my favourite male actors. Now it’s time for my favourite actresses! I can’t say enough how much I admire these women.
A lot of these older actresses are the reason I wanted to follow this career path in the first place. They are goddesses in my eyes and I could watch their work forever. The younger actresses on here in my opinion stand out above the rest of young actors in Hollywood for their elegance, poise and depth of character in their work.
I would be extremely happy to have a 10th of the impact they’ve had on me to some other aspiring actor one day. When I need a boost of confidence and motivation, I look to these women’s work. They remind me that I’m in this for the long-haul not a quick fire career. If I don’t ‘make it’ until I’m 50, hey no sweat, I’ve got another 40 years to work from there!
I adore these women!
I wanted to share this photo that has been doing the rounds online. August Landmesser worked at a shipping yard in Hamburg, Germany. He was a member of the Nazi Party for four years, but after falling in love with a Jewish woman and having two daughters he came to oppose Hitler’s regime. This photo is from the launch of a naval vessel. In a sea of spectators he was the only man who refused to salute. His wife was later taken by the Gestapo and his daughters separated from him so it’s not a happy ending as with so many families from that time, but it’s a powerful photo showing one man’s courage against something that was a lot bigger than him.
Courage is a funny thing. Sometimes I think we stamp down on our own courage too often, so as not to insult or step on other people’s toes or when we’re afraid of getting hurt.
But that’s what being courageous is, being able to do something, say something, take a stand because you believe in it, that it’s the right thing to do.
Here’s to the rest of us being brave enough to be courageous!
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Someone asked me the other day who my favourite actors were. I umm-ed and aahh-ed for a good few minutes struggling to come up with an answer. It’s not because I couldn’t think of any, it was because there are way too many wonderful actors that I love and I couldn’t pick any few in … Continue reading
A wonderful post on creativity and inspiration! Thanks ‘thoughtsontheatre’ for sharing these wonderful artists.
On Creativity and Finding Inspiration:
(The following excerpts come from this article from The Guardian. I’ve chosen a few of my favorites below.)
Guy Garvey, musician
• Spending time in your own head is important. When I was a boy, I had to go to church every Sunday; the priest had an incomprehensible Irish accent, so I’d tune out for the whole hour, just spending time in my own thoughts. I still do that now; I’m often scribbling down fragments that later act like trigger-points for lyrics.
• Just start scribbling. The first draft is never your last draft. Nothing you write is by accident.
Polly Stenham, playwright
• Doodle. I’m very fidgety, and I seem to work best when my hands are occupied with something other than what I’m thinking about. During rehearsals, I find myself drawing little pictures or symbols that are somehow connected to the play. With Tusk Tusk, it was…
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