Webinar Tomorrow! “Being the Director: Taking Charge of Your Life the Musical”

Webinar Tomorrow! "Being the Director: Taking Charge of Your Life the Musical"

I’m honoured to be joining Xandra of Heroine Training for my first-ever webinar! We’re going to be talking about all sorts of fun theatre topics and I’d love for you to join us.

Join us LIVE on Friday 3 June at 1PM BST (8am EST) for our webinar “Being the Director: Taking Charge of Your Life the Musical”

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In this webinar, you’ll learn. . .

1. How to create and take pride in your work. How just showing up can change your life, why you should always be learning, and how  “getting off book” can seriously teach you time management skills.
2. The power of teamwork and how to nourish your community. We’ll talk about how to have gratitude for your amazing team, understand their needs, and form “show circles” to come together.
3. Taking care of your self while you throw yourself into your dreams. The director’s role is to oversee the entire production, while  taking care of herself in the process. How to follow the Shakespeare’s words: “to thine own self be true”.

And so much more we could go on for six hours. (But we won’t).

I hope you’ll join us on Friday!

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See you then!

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A Personal Update (Plus April 2016 Linktastic!)

A Personal Update (Plus April 2016 Linktastic!)

Hi everyone. You may have noticed some radio silence around these parts throughout the month of April. It’s totally a case of “It’s not you, it’s me.”

One of my personal goals for 2016 was to slow down. Any long-time readers of my blog know that this is a huge challenge for me. I normally have a ton of projects on the go all at once and to be perfectly honest, it’s exhausting. This year I’m focused on being really picky on what I spend my time doing. I just don’t have the time or energy anymore to deal with eight million things at the same time.

But this is not a bad thing — it’s a really, really good thing. Here are a whole bunch of good things that have come out of my resolution:

I have missed blogging though, and starting in May, I’ll be back to posting regularly again in this space. Right now I’m aiming for once a week, because I have had lots of new ideas as well for this blog and my online business that I can’t wait to bring forward.

Thank you so much for your patience, and for sticking around. I really appreciate it.

A Personal Update (Plus April 2016 Linktastic!)

Working on stage combat with the cast of Heathers the Musical. (Photo Credit: Ross Davidson)

Linktastic – April 2016

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Linktastic – March 2016

Linktastic - March 2016

It’s March 31 already? Between rehearsals for Tarzan, my trip to New York City, my birthday, a weekend getaway to Toronto, and the general craziness of my life, I’m just squeaking this Linktastic in at the last possible minute. Still! Enjoy this round-up for the month, and get ready for more fun coming your way in April! 🙂

Theatre

Travel

Everything Else

Business Bits

In Case You Missed It

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Get Insta-Creative in April With The Lovers, The Dreamers and You

Get Insta-Creative In April With The Lovers, The Dreamers and You

With all the hoopla about Instagram changing their algorithms and worrying about followers and likes and all that ridiculousness, I thought it was time to bring some fun back to the old Insta. With that, we are excited to announce that we are bringing back a creative challenge for you: The TLTDAY #CreativeApril Challenge on Instagram!

Last year we ran the #top10challenge in March. Since it was the first time we’d created our own Instagram challenge, we started with baby steps: a 10 day Instagram challenge right in the middle of March. Now we’re upping the ante and going to try a full month of Insta-inspiration! Again, the focus is creativity and the arts, and it’s going to be FUN!

Please put your Instagram name in the comments if you want to join in, so we can follow you and others can follow you, too! Use the hashtag #CreativeApril so everyone can find you. Show us your creativity… anything goes! Read on for more details and how to get in on the fun!

Get Insta-Creative in April With The Lovers, The Dreamers and You

April 1: Fool Us!
It’s April Fools Day, but we ain’t foolin’! In tarot, the Fool is the first card in the deck and symbolizes a new beginning or a journey. Sounds like a great way to begin this challenge. So we’re going to play “Two Truths and a Lie.” Introduce yourself and tell us two things about you that are true and one that’s a lie. We’ll try to guess which is which in the comments!

April 2: Happy Saturday
Share with us something that makes you happy today!

April 3: Feeling Magical
Abracadabra! Share something with us that you think is magical. Rabbits in hats? Stars and cosmos? Sparkles and ice cream? (Why not?) Bring that magic out and show it to us!

April 4: I’m Gonna Wreck It!
Some of the most creative work comes out of destruction. Show us something destructive or that you’ve destroyed, and tell us how you’re going to build it back up again.

April 5: OOTD
We love creative fashion and costumes, so today, share with us your “outfit of the day” and something creative about it! Where did you get it? Is there a story behind it? Is it formal, functional, fabulous (or all three?!).

April 6: A Colourful Life
What’s your favourite colour? Share it with us and let us know why it’s your favourite.

April 7: Thankful Thursday
Do you have an attitude of gratitude? Share something you’re thankful for today.

April 8: Foodie Friday
I don’t know about you, but the TLTDAY team loves food. Today, share with us a delicious dish that’ll have us drooling. Bonus points if you share the recipe!

April 9: Spring Cleaning
It’s time to chase away the winter doldrums and start fresh. Today, get your clean on or declutter some junk from your place that’s holding you down. Share a before and after pic of your work!

April 10: Home Sweet Home
Do you have a special place or area in your home devoted to creativity? Show it to us so we can be inspired!

April 11: Make A Wish
What are you wishing for these days? Share with us one of your wishes or dreams… and brainstorm up a way that you can take a baby step towards achieving that dream!

April 12: Beauty In The World
Today’s prompt is simple – show us something you think is beautiful.

April 13: Very Superstitious
Inspired by a favourite song by Stevie Wonder! Today, show us something superstitious. Rituals, your rehearsal process, ghosts, a lucky talisman…

April 14: Inspiring Words
Stories, monologues, speeches… what gets your mojo flowing?

April 15: TBT
It’s Throwback Thursday! Show us a pic of you as a tot doing something creative!

April 16: Poetry Slam
Share a favourite poetry piece, or try your hand at writing a poem!

April 17: Your Lucky Charm
Share something lucky! Could be an object, a person, a place… bonus points if it’s green!

April 18: Play It, Sam
Share your favourite play or film, maybe a quote… or misquote!

April 19: Lights, Camera, Acting!
We’re leaving this one intentionally vague. Show us what you can do!

April 20: Something To Fight For!
Put up your dukes! Show us something worth fighting for. A cause, a friend, a role, or even a real (or “reel”) life fight!

April 21: And The Award Goes To…
Share your favourite actor/actress/performer, living or not, award-winning or not! Why are they your favourite, and what award should they win?

April 22: Dress Rehearsal
Time to put on your best dress! Show us your costumes, dress up, cosplay… let’s see those fancy pants!

April 23: Sing! Sing A Song!
Today’s all about music. Show us your favourite singer, lyrics from your favourite song, images from your favourite musical… or get brave and make us a video of you singing or playing music!

April 24: Furry Friends
Pets, stuffed animals, puppets… share with us something (or someone!) furry and loveable today!

April 25: Travel Tuesday
Got plans to get out of town and go somewhere? Or are you dreaming of white sandy beaches, amusement parks, or foreign lands? Share some travel pics with us and send us a postcard with “wish you were here” while you’re away.

April 26: A Day In The Life
Sometimes our lives are not so creative and inspiring every second, but it’s always cool to peek behind the curtain and see the day-to-day doings of peoples’ lives. Share with us a moment of your day, magical or mundane.

April 27: Work In Progress
What creative project(s) are you currently working on? Share your work in progress with us and tell us about your creative process.

April 28: Black & White
Today, you can share anything you like… but in black and white!

April 29: May Flowers
It’s not May yet, but it’s close enough! Share some beautiful flowers with us today… maybe by the time this post goes up, they’ll have invented smell-o-vision for Instagram!

April 30: Closing Night
Party time… it’s a celebration! Let’s throw an Insta-party! Confetti, tunes and party hats are HIGHLY encouraged!



How do I get in on the fun?

You should definitely save the image above — or like it on Instagram (follow The Lovers, The Dreamers and You on Instagram at @tltday)  — so you have a reminder of the prompts. Then use the prompts to inspire you! Take photos, upload them to Instagram, and be sure to tag them with #CreativeApril! If you are not on Instagram, then join in the fun on Twitter! We’re @LoversDreamersU over there.

You can also follow anyone from the TLTDAY team on Instagram, they are:
@matty.what
@midnightluke
@kerryhishon

How do I get the most out of this experience?
You will get so much out of the #CreativeApril challenge if you reach out to others participating: like and comment on their pictures, and add them as friends! Write something meaningful as your caption too. Share your creativity with images AND words!

What if I miss a day?

No worries! Just catch up whenever you can.

Can I post the challenge graphic on my Instagram?

Yes, of course! That way you’ll have it to refer back to. Don’t forget the hashtag!

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Follow along with us at @tltday on Instagram!

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Tiny Theatre Tips #9: Make The Time

Tiny Theatre Tips #9: Make The Time

Tiny Theatre Tips #9: Make The Time

This tip is not only for theatre people, but for everyone in general…

If you want to be successful, you will put in the time to get there.

If you want to improve, you will make the time to practice.

If you want to master a skill, you will put in the hours necessary to master it.

It doesn’t matter what discipline you’re in. Acting, stage combat, dance, singing, writing, sports, knitting, cooking, makeup artistry, sketching, programming, photography, sewing… anything. Insert your “thing” of choice!

If you want it badly enough, you will make the time to make it happen.

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Photo Credit: Death to the Stock Photo

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