Survival in the City…

Welcoming in a rainy Monday back up north, what other way would it be? 

It’s really great to be back and blogging! So much has happened in previous weeks which is all so exciting & i cant wait to write about it!

So i recently moved back to  northern lands for final year of studying musical theatre, my life and newly gained experiences shoved into my Corsa – I have never been so happy to see the VOTE PIES graffiti on the M6.

Moving to London to work with one of the most successful record labels was one of the BEST experiences so far in my creative journey. You suddenly become a tiny sponge in the big bubble bath of entertainment life and soak up every sud you can.

This post is focused on some tips/tools on how to survive the big city alone and skint! (whilst also pretending your already famous and loaded) lol.

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“Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

1 – Always remember to go to the loo before you go out. The amount of times i had to pay to pee whilst juggling around 12 bags and all my emotions/stress was too many and too much to deal with on a busy morning commute.

2 – Do not shop at Waitrose. There will be no sign of Aldi until roughly, Bromley way. They love a Waitrose and don’t we all but this will never help you not be skint in the city.

3 – If your lucky enough to  have a car in London, why drive it? Don’t. You save petrol and your mental sanity.

4 – Forget about what you thought you knew about food & share shopping with house mates.  You must learn to live with the most basic ways of cooking. Sometimes you might not cook at all. (Cereal for dinner isn’t all bad!)

5 – Be amazing around everyone you meet in the entertainment industry, it’s actually really small. Everyone knows everyone.

6 – Don’t go on a night out to ‘The Box’ in Soho. Unless you have rich acquaintances. (£40 for two martini’s)

7 – Make the best of the clothes that you have. Everything you once hated you must now love, you just cant be sure of the next time you’ll be able to buy clothes.

8 – See Everything! watch and learn. I saw the Woman in Black again – YES because it was the cheapest play but so what? Make the most of the theatre and live shows, its well worth it and will only help broaden your creative knowledge!

9 – Work harder than anyone and enjoy every minute so that one day you won’t need to worry about your wardrobe and you can shop wherever you like.

10 – Don’t over read or think articles you see and things you hear. London is hard on your own and money is too. Those with fortunes (or their parents fortunes) are favoured very often, but fortune always favours the bold who get shit done.

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And what better place to be in than the best city in the world? 

Bye London! Until the next adventure…..

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Below are some articles i have read this week that have filled me with motivation! Take a look:-

  • The Guardian writes about working class actors & asks if they are slowly becoming a thing of the past? click HERE to read all about it.
  • Judy Dench offering some advice to her younger self just HERE (what a woman)
  • My FAVE new blog about performers, by performers ‘The Happy Performer’. This particular article got me thinking right HERE but continue to all their posts, they’re wicked!

Happy Reading x

Ur not funny tho.

HELLO!

Right so last night I indulged in more sugared treats than humanly possible with my fellow house mate whilst slouching like a big gannet on the sofa watching Absolutely Fabulous.

It was a lightbulb moment for me right there and then, my latest blog post and research project should bloody well be based on being a comedy genius and what it takes to be so. #dahling.

There is a dark phsycology that comes with being a comedian and comedy actor. Can you IMAGINE standing up on stage, risking it all, no one else to bounce off, your on your OWN and you’ve got to be F**king funny?! That’s amazing shit!

My dad was/is a stand up comic so I learnt all his tricks from a young age, it’s a gift, and a curse if your’e that sort of creative. He was amazing and there’s so many things you can learn from these top drawer comedy performers……

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I thought it would be good to round up some of the best tips from famous and non famous performers when it comes to being a facTOR (funny actor #dear)

  • It aint about being a celeb or being overly funny for that matter. It’s all about careful timing and the delivery of what your trying to put across to the audience.
  • A lot of fantastic actors earning millions just can’t do funny. Whats better than a good old Hollywood stiff performance.
  • You need to work out what type of ‘funny’ suits you. What are you trying to be funny about? Are you drawing your humour from any pain in your own life? Or are you trying to hard, thinking of things you THINK people will find funny? Tommy Cooper didn’t even need to open his mouth when he stepped out on stage and he was hilarious.
  • What sort of character are you? This is vital. I highly recommend my friend @johnbryne. You can follow him on twitter and check out his one to one sessions. I had one – He can help you identify the different character architypes which have been around since forever.
  • Know your script back to front. There is so much rhythm within a script especially a huge monologue. Rushing through just to get all the words out is p.a.i.n.f.u.l. To watch. Remember, often pauses don’t need to be filled with anything – They can be the funniest bit.
  • Ensure your articulation is on point, clarity is key. If your racing through how we menna know if you’ve just said the most important line?! If there are operative words in your script, practise different ways of saying them.
  • It’s not all about the words. Physicality is extra important too. Equally don’t over do the movements that’s not cool.
  • To master this, watch the greats do your homework!!!!!! And by this I mean don’t study only the modern day comedians/performers. You’ll learn so much more from the originals who are in my opinion, the best.
  • Enjoy it. Acting is the best thing.

And on that note, there is an ab fab film and I can’t bloody wait for it! Rumour has it there are over 60 celeb cameos in the film including Joan Collins O.M.G., Kim Kardash, Kate Moss, Graham Norton BOOOOOYAH

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My fave acting books are below!

  • ‘Tips for Actors’ by Fergus Craig
  • ‘Everything you always wanted to know about acting’  @westendproducer OBV
  • Auto/Biographies are always great. Not so much for technique, But to educate you on the background and habits of some of the best performers.
  • ‘The Art of acting’ by Stella Adler
  • ‘The Business of show’ – Adam Cates. Love.

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Thanks for reading! x

Songwriting Sha-banggggg

Hi!

So, the thing is there is no RULE BOOK or specific training you must engage in  before being able to conjure up all the ingredients to write a hit tune. It kind of feels like there is a little secrecy tied with music industry whispers of what it takes to write a smash. Some songwriters are driven by instinct and what FEELS right with little or no theory knowledge. Where as others are thorough musicians who are completely schooled in theory, structure, notation and so fourth.

So how do you like, do it?

There is no RIGHT or WRONG answer to this. Just a little research and knowledge and hard work and inspiration and get off your arse and creativity and dont expect it all to land on your lap sort of stuff yano…

DO YOUR RESEARCH.

First of all. You can’t be wanting to become a fountain of knowledge without any prep.

This guy….

Guy Clark. He’s an American country and folk singer/songwriter releasing more than 20 albums.

From a really useful article i read online at American Songwriter  here are some of Guy’s comments :-

On finding inspo…

” I’m inspired by anything I hear or read on some level. If I’m not then I put it down. I’m always inspired by the quality of Townes [Van Zandt]’s work. I’m inspired by Dylan Thomas. I’ve been listening to a bunch of old blues singers – I  haven’t listened to that stuff in so long. It kind of makes me want to play the blues again. I’m inspired by friends of mine who write really good stuff: Rodney Crowell, Verlon Thompson, Shawn Camp, Jedd Hughes.”

On putting ya life into a song…

”Most of the really good songs are dead true. You couldn’t make up “Desperados Waiting For A Train,” or any of that stuff. It had to have happened to have the song be there. Every time I’ve tried to make stuff up it just kind of falls flat. So the majority of my work is something that happened to me, I saw happen to someone else, or a friend of mine told me happened. There is a certain amount of theatrical and poetic license. People are supposed to like it, that’s why you’re doing it. It’s supposed to be fun. It’s not brain surgery, it’s heart surgery. They’re just songs.”

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Who else?

Just another bloke called ‘Greg Kurstin’, American producer and Songwriter who has just dealt with just about everyone and can do just about everything.

I like this quote…

”Asked for his main advice, he offered this: “Do a great job and nail it with whoever you’re working with, even if it’s not who you want to be working with. You never know where it will lead you. An A&R exec or industry person will want to continue working with you if you do a great job. Always listen. There’s opportunity all around you.”

And?

Just google Max martin. That’ll keep you buzzed for a while.

There are SO many books, online tutorials, people out there who can help you learn your craft and who can also help waste your sweet time and rip you off.

Just do whatever works for you. No one will find the same inspiration as you do and interpret it in the same way, this is what already makes you unique.

But endless rhymes and basic vocab based on i love you, baby, oh we so in love and the like, aint gunna captivate your listener. Unless your Beyonce. So be creative!

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  • This is a great book and kinda does what it says on the cover
  • Just google some of your favorite writers and use articles as a starting point for inspiration
  • Always carry a notepad with you so whenever you feel compelled to get it DOWN, you can.
  • Finally, nothing stopping you heading to sue ryder and picking up some old school albums for a quidder. See how they did it!

My artists for the car journey’s this week areeeeeee:-

MARY J BLIGE £1

PHIL COLLINS £1

THE BEACH BOYS £1

JAMIROQUAI £1

Thanks for reading! x

 

Be a Social media Starlet

So love it or hate it, the little thing called the IN – TERN – ET has/is changing the way EVERYONE does business.

Most castings for actors are done online, and musically, EVERYTHANG is digital, basically.

So goodbye ten by eights, so long compact discs! (kind of)

There are so many people involved in the music/entertainment industry however, it is STILL a small world. If you’re a tw*t, people won’t forget that and if you have a rubbish online presence with irritating content people won’t forget that either.

So with the ever changing, hard to keep up, what the ef world we live in, what are some of the BEST and WORST ways to use social media/internet to promote yourself? HERE GOES.

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DO’S

BE AWARE. This surprisingly is not brain surgery and therefore does not require too much deep thought. Be aware anyone can see a post, potential employers! and once its there, it’s there.

USE EVERYTHING. Time consuming yes. But so is sitting waiting 10 years for a big break without putting the work in. Use the same fabulous and amazing headshot you have on EVERY social media site. Get Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, Soundcloud, Instagram, Youtube etc, so people begin to remember your face.

REMEMBER. You are a business.

STAY UP TO DATE. Videos are your best friend. Vocal reel, acoustic set, Live performance, Monologue, Duologue, Musical. If your unable to attend an audition, these tools may be the key to STILL getting you seen, and getting the job. (minus any pets in home vids plz)

SOAK IT UP. Like a sponge. The internet knows everything. Use it to your advantage and read EVERYTHING there is on whatever it is you do. Follow EVERYONE who shares that same creativity with you.

BE TASTEFUL. Reach out to people who can potentially advise/hire you, but in a tasteful way. There is nothing worse than ‘’Hi I know ive never met you I wont try to build up a working relationship or anything ill just ask you for a favour instead’’ .

REMEMBER. There is a life outside the internet. Take it back to the old school. Meet a casting director or producer for coffee. Speak to actual humans within your field. They want to know wtf you can do for them.

DONT’S

NUMBER ONE. Bombarding new followers on ANY social media platform with messages like heeeeeeeeeey thanks for the follow check out 57533305857657 of these links ill send you so you can buy my album. Dude, no that’s gunna make me never buy your album.

ACCOUNTS. Don’t use the same personal social media accounts for running your ‘business’ off. Employers don’t want to see updates about your food/dog/crazy as shit night out. Create separate accounts used purely for PROFESHness.

SLAG PEOPLE OFF. Goes without saying. Unless your Azealia Banks.

HAVE A SHITSHOT. Actors – You NEED to fork out for amazing headshots and avoid changing your hairstyle every other weekend. Depending any other performance based pics, don’t have shit ones to promote yourself.

CHOOSE WISELY – Use social media platforms that apply to you and your brand. You don’t need to waste valuable time consumed by EVERY.SINGLE. social site.

DON’T INVOLVE YOUR MUM. – Don’t let your mum comment on your posts. Ever.

There ya have it!

Here are some useful links iv’e been recently using:-

  • For the singer – Research the likes of Ryan Tedder and read many books. My current fave is this…41NoZ2Or-XL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg (325×499)
  • For the Actor – The Honest Actors Podcast is a great listen/read.

Thanks for reading!

X

 

 

 

 

Shameless secrets beyond the tabs.

”Everything you always wanted to know about acting *but were afraid to ask, Dear”

 

My coffee is strong and my eggs are rounded. The Sun (I hate to say) has that irritating shine where no matter where you sit you can’t see your screen. My London move towards musical beginnings is HAPPENING and I’m drowning in cardboard.

 

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With this guys velvet tones to accompany my setting…

I pack up my life and make THIS discovery….

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What?

Any theatrical performer NEEDS this book in their life. It’s hilariously crafted, daring, and a very accurate insight into the naughty, amazing, ridiculousness that occurs behind the tabs. It offers chucklesome guides on audition prep, backstage etiquette and reminders to always wear underwear during quick changes.

‘’don’t blame it on the sunshine, don’t blame it on the moonlight, don’t blame it on the good times, blame it on your agent, dear’’

Who?

WEST END PRODUCER.

I can only assume you are already aware of him, if not here’s a little run down and link to his laugh out loud tweets. @westendproducer

The mystery man of the stage recently revealed himself as Sir Bill Kenwright, but that was an April fool LOL so WEP still remains masked and unknown. How clever! According to his book, WEP has been involved in theatre since forever. He was actually born on stage during a performance and from that moment on, showbiz would of course always be in his blood. He tweets, he blogs, produces, writes, has an Andrew Lloyd Webber glove puppet and bathes in Dom Perignon. THE LIFE.

www.westendproducer.co.uk

‘’Please remember – the interval is not the intercourse, dear’’

CLICK HERE TO BUY THE BOOK

MY TOP 5 BEST TOOLS FROM THE ACTING BIBLE.

  1. TRAINING – There has always been and probably always will be big FAFF around drama school training as you know. This first chapter discusses the essentials of auditioning for the big schools and how to choose etc. Getting in is the first step after you’ve paid a fair bit to audition, the whole experience can be daunting. Drama school gives you leverage and opens doors of course! But it isn’t the be all and end all if you believe in yourself. If your lucky enough to have choices this can also be a tough process. ££££££££££££££££££

‘’Whats the difference between a one year and a three year acting course? About 20 thousand pounds, dear.’’

  1. TYPES OF ACTORS – Later in the book, WEP delves into the different types of ac TORS you will ALWAYS come across. (So funny and true)

These particular characters have vital roles within the rehearsal process and beyond, without them the show wheel wouldn’t turn so well. We all know at least one ‘company idiot’ who sings every.single.word. and harmonises Happy Birthday.

  1. WHAT HAPPENS IN THE GREEN ROOM – The big, scary, green room. Usually a scruffy, classroom like area acting as a space between the showbiz world and reality. Everyone gathers in the green room, rumours start in the green room, often smells in the green room. WEP gives his personal favourite theory of where ‘green room’ stemmed from.
  1. I would recommend THE INTERVAL. A couple of informative pages on the half time happenings. Prepare to spend at least 5 quid on a bag of minstrels.
  1. PHYSICAL THEATRE PG. 141 – ‘’If in doubt fade to black’’ Physical theatre is hilarious. As if putting your whole self on the line in front of an audience isn’t enough. Try adding several very  demanding aerobic moves into the mix.

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APRIL FOOLZ

AINT DONE A BLOG POST IN A WHILE

Hello! 

As i take my first sip of Rioja since forever …Lets talk about some interesting, fresh, amazing things and people! Instead of boring, lame, brain polluting things and people. Woo!

WHY RONNIE CORBZ WAS AMAZING 

I mean, if you don’t know the answer already then WHO even are you?!

Ronnie Corbett (cute!)
  • Corbett has been a national, comedy hero for YEARS, adding value to everyone’s lives.
  • He rose to fame as one half of the comedy duo ”The two Ronnies” along side Ronnie Barker in 1971.
  • They were a prime time fixture in the 70’s and 80’s peaking with audience numbers of roughly 20 million for the BBC.
  • He featured in Peter Kay’s music vid for IS THIS THE WAY TO AMARILLO (you have to sing this in a northern accent always.)
  • also Little Britain
  • He was 5ft and 1 inch tall
  • And i can’t believe this hilarious, cute, widely talented little bloke is now in comedy heaven.

 

 

Not long to go!

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED says ‘The Stage’, ok then stage people. Celebrating its 40th bday this year BOOM! and my gal Shirley Bassey is on the old line up along side Cyndi Lauper and Vanessa Redgrave.

Did you know….

  • Les MIZ is STILL @ The Queens Theatre after 31 years, and is the longest running musical in di WEST END EVER! The point here is that with all this said it still lost the Olivier award in the 80s to ‘Me and my Girl’ right then.
  • Miss Saigon lost an Olivier to ‘Return to the forbidden planet’ in the late 80’s, yet it ran for over a decade and is now off to Broadway LOL. the end.

So really, what im harping on about is that in this the midst of all this sparkly theatrical rivalry and award ceremonies – Just cos ya didn’t win doesn’t mean your not going to have longevity and a spectacular career! This also applies in general LIFE.

Lets take Top Hat for instance, got its Olivier back in 2013 then said cya after 6 months and that was it. (Not slating – Great Musical)

Lets just look at Shirley she aint arsed and shes still killin it. all of it.

 

 

BEING A #GIRLBOSS

So basically, you need this book in your life (not if your a bloke though) girls only! 

#Girlboss

 

Its a bible of inspo on how to create the amazing life you have always wanted. witty, clever and cool. 

Here are a few of the BEST quotes from the book to feed your mind with motivation (bare in mind Sophia Amoruso started out eating from bins)

”Thoughts become things, so you might as well have amazing thoughts”

”Life is short, don’t be lazy”

”Money looks better in the bank than on your feet”

”Celebrate when there’s something to celebrate, don’t do sloppy work, be the best.”

”Don’t be scared”

” Don’t have sex with everyone in the world you work in” 

Its a small world x 

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

I Hope your weekend has been filled with adventure, love, music friends and happiness and LOADS OF FOOD. Lord knows i ate one to many pastries…..

Here is a round up of my best spontaneous London weekend yet! (and a few cool things inbetween)

Spandau Ballet vibes at Brixton acad last night! The 1975 killed ITTTTTT 

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I stumbled across some quotes of inspo for actors which is always welcome when your feeling a bit bummed about whatever it is. DONT BE BUMMED – READ THIS

Backstage.com Top actors quotes

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Banoffee, salted caramel muffin with glazed walnuts I MEAN PLZ. Gails Bakery is the ONE.

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DREAM Kensington houses found. MAMA IM A MILLIONAIRE 

Sunday’s are for resting, pizza and these things (all of these)

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‘Whats on Stage’ & Bill Kennerz announced ‘Ghost The Musical’ will TOUR! (still not seen it) this summer, check out more information HERE

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ALL EYES ON FLORRIE! Her amazing brand new record ‘Real Love’ is doing it’s THING check itahhhhhhh…………………..

 

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Werk werk werk #werkwerk

CON SIDDA ERRRRAY SHAAAAN. I am now Rihanna. (awful or great u decide)

As i sit trying to concentrate on the velvety smooth tones of rhi rhi’s vocals i hear the absolute CHIME of the bells from the church next door. YES with a grave yard. Spooky….

You could also listen to Missy Elliott’s Pep Rally ‘Got a nice round WOO like a watermelon’ and feel like the true meaning of anything no longer exists..

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GORGE. So many exciting things have/are happening currently, i’m getting all set for my move down saaf which is music to my ears. Quite literally. I’m not quite sure i will be missing taking notes on post dramatic theatre and wondering if Parisian choreographers still have influence on the world today aka (uni) ANYWAY.

Writing a blog is a great way of discovering how very exciting and/or boring you really are, today i wrote lots of lyrics in an amazing setting and made baked eggs for a crowd of 4 for dinner. (u decide)

HALF TERM – If you want to loose brain cells, dignity, happiness and just your shit in general then what you should do is book a lengthy journey cross country with a virgin train on the first day of half term. its extremely quiet, more seats than you could ever imagine. Friendly GP and staff who cant do enough for ya and the list goes on.

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BURNLEY FC – Not everyone’s fave club BUT they held an amazing event sat just gone (13th) Raising awareness for Prostate cancer, I was there broadcasting with BBC radio lancs so many men turned up to get tested and also got turned away because it was SO packed! amazing way to raise awareness for this cause. Take a look!

SHOW TIME – click here To take a look at The Brindley Theatre in Runcorn! There’s a nice pic of Elaine paige on the website grinning away also. This theatre looks particularly modern from the out side, and is also set out quite the same in doors. I had never been until this weekend where i went to see Educating Rita – A cast of 2 (stupid me didnt even know it was just a cast of 2) and it was BRILLIANT. An amateur cast more often than not is just that and we’ve all been there watching, or a part of a shite show where no one knows there lines and the lighting guy is always out for a fag. This was the opposite its such a great show & cast and venue with amazing cakes for your interval pleasures. (Peanut butt brownie recommended) Willy Russell No1.

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Oh FANTASTIC ticks are booked for this there are also some left for the Chicago Tour coming to the Manchester Opera house! and of course many more venues.

HOW did anyone actually get Beyonce tickets i have never known anything as stressful it really was life or death. High five to anyone out there who managed to crack the code, travel across the globe, pass military tests and change their identity to get hold of these.

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to follow my insta @Dontfeedtheplants and me twit @wecandefyit

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Change YA life.

A bold yet wise yet confusing yet powerful yet some what cheesy statement that FILLS my ‘self help’ books yes, because i need HELP.

Admitted. Help to be a little more POZ in my outlook towards everything that is wonderful in life! Soooooo, before i tell ya about some of the best books you can read to change ya STANKY attitude, your career and just you in general…. Here are some of the best things about the first week of the second month of this new year!

Numero UNO.

This blog right here, i have followed it since day 1 and it inspired me to start my own. It kinda just is what it says, Its honest, from and about ac TORS and um, its a blog.

The Honest actors Blog <<< Click the link to read all about ’20 things actors wish they’d known sooner’ PT 1 – They also held some London seminars this weekend (gutted i missed out) but you can still get involved online and LOL at some of the truths within these points!

No.3 being my first fave ‘STOP GIVING SUCH A SHIT’. Word UP. take risks and don’t listen when people tell you no, cos they will. sometimes the people closest to you. so pull your finger out and get. it. DONE. #deep

 

4. WORK HARDER BLOODY HELL – I tell you what, group work situations guaranTEED are just the end. Unless you are lucky enough to be surrounded by like minded people who actually give one about their careers and actually realise a glittering, lengthy one aint gunna fall from the sky. With that said…… “You can never know too much, and you can never prep or research too hard”; “Don’t be a dick”.  Yep. 

Read on to discover the other brilliant points on ‘The Honest Actors Blog’ HERE

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As you can see above (on a serious note) these are some of the best books you can read ever. in life. even if you work in a bank. you should still read these books.

Defo DON’T read if you have a long lasting, rather promising, cushty 9 to 5 role maybe in a bank or in anything other than the arts cos you will probz then need every self help book going.

Was that a slither of negative seeping through the cracks there in my previous statement? That’s where im going wrong! This biz is crazy and unpredictable, but the best. and these reads are gunna help you along your lil path to success.

  1. ‘Everything you need to know about the music business’. Don Passman = Genius. READ IT. this is your BIBLE PEOPLE. You are a business. this book is your tool and was literally about 13 quidder on amazon so nice and cheap to know everything you need to know about the music biz! (PS its non theatrical)
  2. HOWEVER, ‘The business of show’ IS theatrical. all of it. Oozes theatre. So this book is perfect if theatre is your main thang. (PS these great books hold a v similar message within them – WORK HARD oh and don’t give up)
  3. And finally, ‘The Chimp Paradox’ who ever and where ever (constricted vocal folds for Shakira effect) you are in the world, this glossy book of magic is gunna help you manage your self and pull your shit together.

BETTER YA SELF. on Amazon. for a cheap price. and do anything you want. Paul Arden also! his books are GREAT.

I LOVE YOU YOUR PERFECT NOW CHANGE – Is a FAB off broad way show that i was involved in at the beginning of 2016. not in america sadly, and couldn’t have been further from OFF broad way tucked within the fine facilities that my uni have to offer. ANYWAY the show makes reference to a top bloke called TONY ROBBINS. you tube and you will just KNOW.

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Congrats to my fat dog on his new modelling career. King Louis KILLIN it.

WTF i hear you cry. Well, this weekend i was broadcasting with my lovely presenter colleague in Lancaster working for the BBC. The festival of questions is basically 3 weeks of special events, panel discussions and cultural projects at venues across Lancaster! Which is lovely btw. Historic, loads of coffee shops and a castle! Um what could be better?

this amazing event seeks to engage with as many different people as possible, from any background to discuss politics (SCARY) cultural issues as well as social.

I got my opinions just like everyone, er, in my head. So this event is a great platform for ANYONE to speak up about what they think, want, love, hate and would maybe like to change. Working out and about with our radio van, it can attract interest from the public and we made some really cool friends that day, some that had traveled to the event from places like Japan and Holland. Insane!

I managed to catch a devised piece of theatre called ‘Garden SpeakS’ based solidly on audience participation. 6 people at a time to be precise, you had to wear headphones, lying down on a bed of soil, in a dark room, with what appeared to be gravestones surrounding the area, whilst listening to real life stories from people who were affected by the uprising in Syria. Chilling actually. If this is something you can get to, you defo should!

Here’s your link! Festival of Questions

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Cheers for the reminder topshop.

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Thanks for reading! x

 

 

Alert the media!!

One of my favourite, slightly sarcasm filled phrases and also quite literally ALERT THEM cos this is my FIRST blog post people! So, as i sit here shovelling my best and last spoonful of GU vanilla and choc pud into my gob, this is the turning point that finally gave me the incentive to start this thing (and probably the incentive to stop troffing choc every night!)

Sunday blues kicked in as soon as my eyes saw light at 8am this morn and no not because i’m NEG, because i had such a lovely, tiring, crazy, hilarious, fat weekend!

THE DREADED AUDITION… for once wasn’t ACTUALLY that dread, i just had to sit on a chair pretending it was a toilet my phone just fell into, in front of three black rimmed glasses wearing, pen in mouth with crossed legs, Steven Spielberg wannabes. I swore a lot, pulled a few awful faces, then left. Cool. it wasn’t the best sort of aud to fill you with confidence in your talents after you’ve left the room (toilet), but i’m keeping the faith, and so should you fellow ac-TORS.

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Um YES a muffin AND a croissant! if i knew the chimp in my brain wouldn’t spend the rest of the day crying about it. So naturally i opted for a tap water and a coffee which was lovely! Very quirky place with amazing food & cakes too! this was my second stop of the day where i brainstormed this blog and did a little review for my lovely friend the QUEEN OF CAFFEINE who blogs all things coffee and cake! Queen Caffeine blog! Foxcroft and Ginger have a few branches around london – This one was berwick st in soho! Take a look @ the menu here.

”There’s too much caffeine in my bloodstream and a lack of real spice in my life”

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Next stop NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM! OH KAY.. I love Attenborough and all his series! Blue,green,orange planet, under the sea over the sea whatever, and secretly thought i might find him lurking behind a huge fossil hidden in the corner. Obvs i didn’t but what an amazing place! It’s free, so much to learn, animals i have never seen before, loads of toddlers running into you oh and Louis Theroux! i DID find him lurking in the cafe…….(zoomed in like a stalker)

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Test drove this BEAST of a car! If you can call it a car (more like spaceship)

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I know nothing about cars, but this is a ‘Tesla’, parks for you (NO HANDS YO) drives for you (NO HANDS YO) amongst loads of other crazy stuff and goes from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds OKKKK.

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Went to the Tate didn’t i, reminded me of first year of Uni when we had to write an essay on ‘WHAT IS ART’ Which then raised questions for example, IS A PIPE A PIPE, IS THIS CHAIR AN ACTUAL CHAIR?, ARE YOU SURE YOU ARE FEMALE? AM I ALIVE? IS THIS PURE BS? and the answer my friends is yes. yes it is. you won’t catch me sat gazing into any art work for a good while.

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I found this though! Someone who looks like a cool bloke with the same surname as me! Just without an E before the Y, so for that reason… I fully recommend this read!

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^^^^^ Wahaca. After test driving a crazy fast car, FOOOOOOOD was the answer. Wahaca is really cool, i think i would put it somewhere between nandos and turtle bay, but better! soz! Fish tacos and a green juice with loads of other yummy mexican food and really friendly staff who always write their name on your menu!

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