Our live-streamed musical was such a success!
I was so humbled to join Gwendolyn Fitz in her original, ukulele musical. If you like dark-comedy, then you'd like our show. Besides getting to perform again and collaborating with a sweet and talented friend, one of the other fun parts of doing a show is getting to design and implement your own costumes and your character's 'look'.
My character - Abigail Fox - was a Flapper Girl whose rich businessman father ran the party which our other lead Arthur Fitzgerald crashes in order to make acquaintances with someone...
Creating the 1920s Flapper Girl Look
Transforming myself into a 1920s Flapper Girl, with a look ready for a speakeasy was easy when I used a few accessories!
I used a hairband across the forehead in the popular style and this also gave me my hairdo, as I was able to use it to tuck my long into the back. Of course, I did use rollers on my hair when it was wet...But my hair doesn't really behave that way so kirby grips it was!
Knowing my character was rich, I couldn't resist the opportunity to be glamorous and show off some of my own diamante jewellery such as my ring and bracelet in the videos below. It was nice to have an occasion to dress up like. Such are the joys of acting. And fancy dress parties. And it is the 20s after all.
See the dress and hairdo in action at our show here.
The Flapper Girl Dress
The Flapper Girl look is not complete without a short and loose dress with some fringe, right?
I got my dress online from Oxfam charity shop! No joke. Charity shops are my favourite places to go shopping and the majority of my outfits and many of my accessories, including jewellery, I buy second-hand.
I'm always on a low budget and buying second-hand does help with that. However more importantly, if I'm going to be a customer and consumer then it's important for me to use my money to support an important need where I can.
âPlus; I really love how every time you go into a charity shop - even if it's the next day - it's like a treasure trove of finds because their stock is constantly replenishing and what you get is unique to you that day.
I was especially looking for gold because gold and black were the show's theme colours and very in keeping with our art-deco dÃ©cor.
My takeaway is that I actually suit this era pretty well. I am a fan of the 1920s/30s and I think I'm going to experiment with this hairstyle a bit more. As always; those kinds of photos are on my Instagram.
Meanwhile, I'm working on a few new writing ideas. Therefore a lot of ideas are going straight to the recycling bin until I get to the good idea. But that's ok. Playing around with new looks and new words are all a part of this process.
I'm really hoping that Abigail Fox makes a comeback in a sequel so we can see more of her journey. Also I just really need a good excuse to dress up again like this SOON.
Let me know what looks and ideas you've been trying lately!
What's The Big Deal?
Theatre is significant because it is a collective human experience. We can find nothing which resembles live experience because anything else misses the vibrancy which artists, makers, and audience members collectively produce, bringing it to life.
What do we do with all of this autumn inspiration? Take some aumtumnicous (definitely a word) photos of course!
All taken on an old iPhone, let me know what you think.
I held onto the shutter and moved the phone quickly to get these kind of shots; like when you drop your phone in the middle of taking a selfie...
Following Henry Ford's Advice
What does the motor industrialist with bitesize, tweetable quotes about leadership and customer experience have to do with our creative liefstyles? Here are a few words from the man himself and then some words from myself on how Henry Ford's life lessons can help us to think about our own work ethic and lifestyle as artists.
Let me know if you find any of them helpful.
‘Quality means doing it right when no one is looking’.
Being an artist with integrity means calling yourself an artist and then creating work which reflects who you are and what you are about. It can be so hard not to compare ourselves, then letting that lead to creating work because we know 'This' is more likely to be shared online or even, to create work that you know is not your best, because you feel pressured to get new content out there (and we all feel that pressure occasionally).
However, are you so dedicated to doing what you do and doing it well that it doesn’t matter if anyone sees it or not?
If you’re not going to at least make it good, then why are you doing it? This isn't about perfection, but making sure that it is your best work. We all have down days creatively, but check back over your recent project(s) occasionally, asking yourself 'Was this a true reflection of my vision as an artist?'. Don't worry yourself too much if it isn't. One of the beauties of creativity is that it is a constant flow and you have future opportunities to make more work, that reflects your artistic vision, again and again.
A professional Director and performer once advised me not to include amateur dramatics on my Actor’s CV.
I followed his advice and deleted it, although a little mournfully. I still take part in amateur dramatics. Currently I’m the Evil Witch in Sleeping Beauty and I am learning throughout the process and I am giving the best performances I can give.
Yet you can understand why it may not be appropriate to include my amateur experience on a CV for a professional job. We’ve all experienced someone not yet ready for the stage yet determined to be on it anyway, then we know why Hamlet said:
A Thought on Creating Work
One of the scariest things about theatre is claiming that your thoughts have merit: that they are of worth and worth knowing for that brief moment. The sort of saying that what you said is of such value that after sharing it people should partake by either witnessing or even at its most horrific: engaging with it.
Such a fear I have of cultivating pride that I have developed an acute inferiority to my own creativity and the power I think that I can possess. I feel so small and insignificant which is a dangerous thought for any human being to have, because it is an infectious disease that targets your most wonderful qualities and skills, for example your creativity. Its symptoms include paralysis – either of the mind, thus stopping you from imagining in the first place, normally through fear – or paralysis of the will so that once you have created something from your inner parts you can never bring yourself to share it with anyone…Sometimes not even yourself for fear of indulgence.
I have discovered that although I will always be small physically, I am not a small person because we were each created ourselves to have a unique presence. And which we all do. That alone is captivating and I can spend all day enjoying the beauty of other people’s presences. However my being does not stop there.
Why would one consider their creations to always be relevant to their beings instead of two separate entities?
To be creative, is to be willing to listen and see.
To be willing to listen and see is to learn.
To learn is to gain knowledge.
To gain knowledge is to gain new understanding.
To begin understanding, is the beginning of seeking wisdom.
To know that there is more to this than what is ever written about it is greater wisdom than even the wisdom granted through creativity.
To be a creative is to use what you have, to CREATE something different or new.
To be creative isn't necessarily to be an artist.
However to be a creative artist when you are an artist is essential.
Essentially, this opinion is only given temporarily as creative artists are always open to change.
Change brings new things to listen and see.
And so, we begin again....
“Those who are lost in their passion are less lost than those who have lost their passion.”
“There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
Clare Louise Roberts
Singer Songwriter, Actress, Poet and all round Creative, passionate about sharing, ideas, collaboration and seeing other people develop their skills and passions.
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