For some reason, the month of January is my time to re-evaluate and realign my life, goals, and purpose. It’s a time where I encourage myself to do something differently, be adventurous, or change a habit. And for Auld Lang Syne, each year I gather my intentions, light the candles and make resolutions to become a better person. Wish me luck.
Last week my friend, Mr. Dolce, who is a language arts teacher at Van Buren Middle School in Albuquerque, NM told me about a list he had found on the web that some of his students were discussing in a round table type format. He read the list, called 16 Harsh Truths that Make Us Stronger, to me over the phone and I immediately knew I wanted to see it for myself. The original list was written by Marc and Angel (of Marc and Angel Hack Life). As a ballet teacher I felt inspired by their list to write 15 truths about being a professional dancer. Some are adapted from Marc and Angel's list and some come from my own experiences. If you haven't looked at Marc and Angel's site, I highly recommend it. They have many inspiring posts.
A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end… but not necessarily in that order.
- Jean-Luc Godard
Well, thats one way of looking at it, but before the story there is the idea, and a beginning.
It seems as though the whole country takes to the streets in Iran, Turkey and Egypt when the people have had it with their government, at great personal risk. But not us. No, Americans love to pound their chests and brag about how great America is, rant and rave about how politicians are a bunch of bums, and refer to the Constitution as if they’ve actually read it, but take to the streets? Nah, we have better things to do with our time, like shopping, watching TV and feeding our addictions.
I had the chance to talk to the lovely Toria Brightside. At such a young age she has achieved so much, running fashion shows for charity, being featured in fashion magazines as big as Vogue, all while studying Photography in Leeds. There is yet so much more to come from this bright young thing.
‘Across The Pond’ England, 2009
All the movies released over the past year, and even some not yet to be released, are vying for our attention, good reviews and possible consideration for various award ceremonies.
I adore this time of year! Yes, somewhere chestnuts are roasting on an open fire but here it’s my favorite time of year because there are sparkly lights everywhere, my birthday is imminent, and there are an abundance of reasons to go shopping! What’s not to love?
Paul Becker is best known as a protégé to the genius Kenny Ortega but he has evolved far beyond his dance roots to become one of the world’s busiest and best choreographer/directors; frequently appearing as a Judge on hit television shows like So You Think You Can Dance (CAN).
I am pleased to say, I am following my own advice. If you have been reading these articles for a while you would know that I am a huge advocate of self-production, creating your own material. So, in keeping with what I am asking all you to do, I am writing a screenplay. It's not my first, it's actually my seventh. And, as I am forging my way through my third draft it occurred to me that there are lessons to be learned about acting from writing. What are they? Here are four simple thoughts that come to mind:
Gustavo The Great, 52 Films/52 Weeks, Angeles Crest, 4am, 2011.
Our second episode about episodic’s!
What stunning thematic dialogue we are having!
October 13, 2013 at The Broad Stage, Lillian Barbeito, co-artistic director of the successful LA-based contemporary dance company BODYTRAFFIC, had her final on-stage performance.
Gratefully, she was able to make this decision on her own accord, and with optimism and grace, after a 22-year long performing career.
I admit it. I want people to like me. I especially want my clients to like me, I want their clients to like me and I want all the people I encounter in my work life to think I am the best, nicest, coolest producer that they ever get to work with! Not too much to ask is it?
I had an interesting conversation the other day with a casting director friend of mine. We were discussing the various acting roles and which ones are the hardest to play. The first thing that came out of my mouth was the crying roles. But, my casting director friend reminded me that most women can cry at the drop of a hat, so for some those are easy. Just because it took me years to get comfortable with crying on camera doesn’t mean it’s that way for everyone. Then she said rage is a tough one. Back when she acted, that was very difficult for her. That may be generally true for women but most men I know can get there in a nano-second. So, we sat there going back and forth trying to come up with a reasonable answer. Finally, in one of those rare synchronistic moments, we said at the same time, “One Line CoStar Roles!”
Hear about Danny's experience with music photography, best and worst moments.
How old are you and where are you from?
The half-day gathering titled “Conversations Inside and Outside the Box: Expanding the Presence of Dance in LA” was held as a dance community forum on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Wilshire Boulevard headquarters of the LA County Arts Commission (LACAC). This call together is a continuation of public meetings that began with the LA Dance Summit in June at the JACCC and the annual Western Arts Alliance conference held here in late August. I had to be there to share it with you.
The Web series
Choosing to make a web series is a very big subject and as such I have decided to write about it over the span of two articles, so you don’t get bored, and I don’t get lost...
Several years ago, I put the word out that my nonprofit, Arts in Education Aid Council (AEAC), was ready to adopt its third school. We had been running comprehensive arts education programs in two elementary schools in Reseda, and had risen within the arts education community in Los Angeles as a leader in the field. After being awarded grants from the top foundations in L.A., we were ready to reach out to the east Valley, but where?
The 3rd annual World Dance Awards for choreography will be held at the Belasco Theatre on Sunday, October 13 at 7pm. NoHoArtsDistrict.com is a proud co-sponsor of the event. I was delighted to have been able to speak with Allen Walls and Carey Ysais, the co-producers and co-founders of the WDA, in this special interview. Both men have extensive resumes from their many years of working on stage and screen. Below we learn about their recent projects, the makings of the World Dance Awards, and their mission to serve and preserve the dance community. This comical exchange happened under the trees at Priscilla’s Coffee in Toluca Lake, nodding once more to the amazing city we live in and the wonderful people who live in it.
I got to shoot Robert Redford last week…it didn’t hurt I promise! We used an Epic camera not any firearms, though from observing his rugged good looks and going over the list of movies the man has starred in, he is probably comfortable with a magnum strapped to his side. But I digress.
Well, you’ve seen him on this season of So You Think You Can Dance, rise to the top 4 – the first tapper to get this far in the competition to date! Aaron Turner is as warm and charming in person as he is on stage. I’ve had the pleasure of having Aaron as a body work client this season, and he so graciously accepted to share his experiences with us in this interview.
I’d like to take a slight jaunt off the normal path and talk about one of the reasons I am proud to be an actor. I just finished watching the “Breaking Bad” finale and I was thrilled. Not only was it a great finish to a great series, I am extremely proud of my fellow actors (many of whom I’ve worked with) who knocked it out of the park and showed the world what great acting and great storytelling looks like. Admittedly, I am a little jealous that I never booked a “Breaking Bad” episode, but I am actively part of the group of people who make shows that keep people endlessly entertained and that is more than enough to make me proud.
“A bank is a place that will lend you money only if you can prove that you don’t need it. ” Bob Hope
There has been a lot of talk lately about the economy improving. I don’t know about you, but not many people I come in contact with have experienced much change. Nonetheless, change is happening, maybe not as fast as everyone would like, but there is hope on the horizon. One of the more subtle indicators, is to look at the availability of grant money. Last year, it was slim pickings. I don’t think I could come up with a dozen funding sources for artists. This year, thankfully, there is an abundance. Read on for literally hundreds of new grant opportunities and funding sources. Wake me when it’s over…