Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.

Rumi  (via thatkindofwoman)

fckyeahjoult:

“Books were my first introduction to stories—why I love making movies. " JL


How amazing would it be if young girls saw more of these pictures of great female actresses from the paparazzi, instead of who’s hiding under a baseball cap secretly dodging out of her secret celebrity boyfriend’s mansion carrying which Prada purse?

More books.  Less bikinis.
fckyeahjoult:

“Books were my first introduction to stories—why I love making movies. " JL


How amazing would it be if young girls saw more of these pictures of great female actresses from the paparazzi, instead of who’s hiding under a baseball cap secretly dodging out of her secret celebrity boyfriend’s mansion carrying which Prada purse?

More books.  Less bikinis.
fckyeahjoult:

“Books were my first introduction to stories—why I love making movies. " JL


How amazing would it be if young girls saw more of these pictures of great female actresses from the paparazzi, instead of who’s hiding under a baseball cap secretly dodging out of her secret celebrity boyfriend’s mansion carrying which Prada purse?

More books.  Less bikinis.
fckyeahjoult:

“Books were my first introduction to stories—why I love making movies. " JL


How amazing would it be if young girls saw more of these pictures of great female actresses from the paparazzi, instead of who’s hiding under a baseball cap secretly dodging out of her secret celebrity boyfriend’s mansion carrying which Prada purse?

More books.  Less bikinis.
fckyeahjoult:

“Books were my first introduction to stories—why I love making movies. " JL


How amazing would it be if young girls saw more of these pictures of great female actresses from the paparazzi, instead of who’s hiding under a baseball cap secretly dodging out of her secret celebrity boyfriend’s mansion carrying which Prada purse?

More books.  Less bikinis.
fckyeahjoult:

“Books were my first introduction to stories—why I love making movies. " JL


How amazing would it be if young girls saw more of these pictures of great female actresses from the paparazzi, instead of who’s hiding under a baseball cap secretly dodging out of her secret celebrity boyfriend’s mansion carrying which Prada purse?

More books.  Less bikinis.
fckyeahjoult:

“Books were my first introduction to stories—why I love making movies. " JL


How amazing would it be if young girls saw more of these pictures of great female actresses from the paparazzi, instead of who’s hiding under a baseball cap secretly dodging out of her secret celebrity boyfriend’s mansion carrying which Prada purse?

More books.  Less bikinis.

fckyeahjoult:

Books were my first introduction to stories—why I love making movies. " JL

How amazing would it be if young girls saw more of these pictures of great female actresses from the paparazzi, instead of who’s hiding under a baseball cap secretly dodging out of her secret celebrity boyfriend’s mansion carrying which Prada purse?

More books. Less bikinis.
ingridmichaelson:

benjoyment:

Low clouds over an Iowa farm.


I want to go to there.

Where I grew up!

Heaven

I just found out that the friend of a friend I’m staying with in Paris in a couple of weeks lives a 25 minute walk away from the Shakespeare and Company book shop, a place I’ve dreamed of visiting for years.

It was meant to be.  That is all.

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (via womanbythesea)

What we read and why we do so defines us in a profound way. You are what you read, I suppose. Browsing through someone’s library is like peeking into their DNA.

Guillermo del Toro (via maxkirin)

allthingseurope:

Finland (by neatmummy)

This will be my next European adventure. North of Germany and Scandinavia.

Hey there, I'm a Chicagoan considering applying to the 8 week Shakespeare program at RADA and I found you in the RADA tags. Can we talk sometime about it? I'm extremely curious and could use more first-person info as I'm preparing for applications and such. Thank you! I hope to hear from you soon. Keep Smiling, Gaby
Asked by theatrewarrior

Hi fellow Chicagoan!

I’m glad to hear you’re considering applying.  My thoughts?  Do it—I couldn’t recommend this program enough.  My time here has been incredible, and we have three weeks left.  I’ve learned so much.  The faculty here are absolutely fantastic—they’re all working professionals, they are the best of the best, and they all come at the work in completely different ways.  They open up so many avenues for coming at your work from different directions, allowing you to find what truly works for you.  

The best part about RADA is that, unlike some other conservatory-style programs, they stress that being yourself as an artist is the absolute most important thing.  They’re not interested in cultivating “their method” or “their model” of a classical actor.  They’re interested in giving you the tools to do what only you can do with them.  As an early professional actor, it’s such a breath of fresh air.  They push you to trust your own impulses within the work and technique, and they respect that and work to make it better.  They create a truly safe and supportive environment for you to make mistakes and explore.  They fully understand that in theatre, there’s no such thing as “getting it right.”  That way madness lies, simply because every artist has a different idea of what that means.  The best you can do is to keep chipping away at it, keep exploring, which is why a long run of a show is a gift.  The discovery you unlock in the fifth week of a six week run is so gratifying.  

All in all, I’m coming out of here with incredible confidence in myself as a classical actor.  However, everything I’ve learned here has also unlocked some hang ups and “bad habits” I’ve had in all of my work, both classical and contemporary.  (Alexander technique changed my universe—I can’t believe I didn’t get it in undergrad.)  This program is exactly what I needed after my BFA training, especially as I have no interest in going to grad school for acting.  In the last few years since I’ve been working professionally, I’ve identified areas of my work I needed to open up, and I certainly didn’t get enough classical training in undergrad.  I’ve taken some great Folio classes (and on camera classes—another thing I can’t believe I didn’t have more of in undergrad) back in Chicago, but it made such a difference (for me) being continuously immersed in my work rather than one three-hour class a week for five or six weeks.  I’m glad I came to this program with a new sense of focus on exactly what I wanted and needed from it, something I couldn’t even begin to understand going into my BFA program at age 17.

I could go on and on about my experience here, something I should be better about posting anyway.  I’d be more than happy to meet up with you for coffee when I’m back in Chicago around mid-August to talk more about it, answer more specific questions about what the audition process is like, etc.  Just let me know!

birdasaurus:

Jenn Elliott Blake

I’m living in a dorm for the first time in…five years.  It’s only an eight week stay, but I want all of this picture more than life right now.

birdasaurus:

Jenn Elliott Blake

I’m living in a dorm for the first time in…five years.  It’s only an eight week stay, but I want all of this picture more than life right now.

Learn for yourself what is foolish or false. Learn for yourself what speaks to you and inspires you, and compels you to add to its story. There is nothing more exhilarating or challenging than to feel you need to fight a premise or a move made by someone else. Respond to everything life brings you, and go out and see and share and love and hate everything. You will learn in time—with books and films and friends and situations—what you can and cannot entertain or endure, but until you attain this wisdom, take it all in. Be generous and patient and persistent. Ask of everything—what did this teach me? And then go to your studio or desk or private room and answer it, challenge it, defy it. Always be hungry for more.

Martha Graham

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