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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TLTDAY Podcast #19: All Things Disney!

TLTDAY Podcast #19: All Things Disney!

The Lovers, The Dreamers and You podcast #19 is here and ready for you to listen in!

Click here to check it out! We’re also on iTunes!

Hey Everyone!

We’re back with podcast #19! We stopped by the old Galleria Mall (now Citi Plaza) to chat with our friend Greg Mizon about his upcoming production of Disney’s The Lion King Jr. (now playing, get your tickets here).  Sit back, relax and take a listen, and we’ll be back with more podcasts soon!

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Travel Diary: New York City, March 10 & 11, 2016

Travel Diary: New York City, March 10 & 11, 2016

Hello lovely people! My posting schedule kind of went all sideways because I was busy getting ready to go to New York City with the Original Kids Theatre Company! I’m currently writing this post from a Starbucks on 43rd and 8th, and I am just basking in the gloriousness that is NYC! I’m going to try and take a few minutes every couple of days and share the highlights of what I’ve been up to.

We arrived in NYC on the morning of Thursday March 10 and went on a scavenger hunt around Times Square, getting re-acquainted (or in some cases, introduced!) to the Theatre District. The weather was insanely gorgeous, and we were all running around in t-shirts and tank tops! We were able to get into our hotel rooms around 3 pm, where we freshened up, hit up Shake Shack for dinner, and then went to our first show of the trip: School of Rock, based on the Jack Black film, playing at the Winter Garden Theatre. It was a fun show, with great music and an insanely talented group of kid actors who played all their own instruments in the band! It was a great way to start off this NYC adventure.

Travel Diary: New York City, March 10 & 11, 2016

Friday was our first full day in the city, and it was a busy day! I started out the day getting rush tickets for Something Rotten with Cole, Brenton and Lia (warning: you will be hearing a LOT about Something Rotten below!). After snagging those tickets (front row, only $35!), we took the subway to Fifth Avenue, picked up J.P. and dropped off Lia, and had a leisurely stroll up Fifth Avenue. We dropped off J.P. at Rockefeller Center (it’s weird spelling it with an ER) and had fun exploring the Lego store and Nintendo World. We checked out the New York Public Library and then ran back to Rockefeller Center to meet up with a whole bunch of OKids to experience Top of the Rock. It’s an absolutely gorgeous view. It was also incredibly windy! I’ve been to the top of the Empire State Building but this was my first time checking out Top of the Rock.

Travel Diary: New York City, March 10 & 11, 2016

We met back up with Lia and were joined by a couple other OKids for a nice dinner at Scarlatto, an Italian restaurant just steps away from our hotel. The gnocchi was fantastic. Zach and Nic headed off to The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time, which was just across the street. The rest of us were cutting it pretty close to our show though, and Cole, Brenton, Lia and I had to sprint to 44th street to get to Something Rotten on time!

Travel Diary: New York City, March 10 & 11, 2016

Our sprint was TOTALLY worth it though. Something Rotten was ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE AND I AM OFFICIALLY OBSESSED WITH THIS SHOW. It’s side-splittingly hilarious and so cleverly written, and I am going back to see it again before the end of the trip. Seriously, it was that good. I’ve already bought the album on iTunes and I plan to have the score memorized by the end of the trip. When can I get the rights to this show?!?!

We stayed to get autographs at the stagedoor after the show and I got to meet Christian Borle… witness the awesome:

Travel Diary: New York City, March 10 & 11, 2016

I only fangirled a little bit. 😉

Anyway — it’s been an amazing trip so far, and the trip has barely begun! I’m about to sign off to go catch a matinee of Shear Madness, and there is so much more that I’m looking forward to — Sleep No More on Monday night, a fight workshop with Jared Kirby on Tuesday, The Crucible on Wednesday afternoon, and of course I’m going to see Something Rotten again. I love this city!

Got any must-sees that I should check out while I’m in NYC?
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Tiny Theatre Tips #8: Update Your Resume

Tiny Theatre Tips #8: Update Your Resume

Tiny Theatre Tips #8: Update Your Resume

This is a really simple tip, but it’s easy to forget — keep your resume updated. Every time you complete a new gig, take a new class, or master a new skill, be sure to include it on your resume. When you go to an audition or job interview, be sure to bring along a few fresh copies, just in case. You may have already submitted it online, but it’s nice to have a paper copy as well that the team can refer to in the moment.

If, like many theatre people, you do both backstage and onstage work, it’s a good idea to have different resumes for different situations. For example, I have a resume formatted to focus on acting, one for directing, one for stage combat, one for teaching, and one for writing! It might seem a bit excessive but it’s so much easier than having to re-format my resume every time I need to send it out.

Do you have an online presence as well? It’s imperative nowadays to, at the very least, have your own dot com! My friends Jared, Ben, Nathan and Amelia all have awesome websites. And of course, you’re here, so you know I’ve got mine! Think of it as your own online resume. Add a photo and/or video gallery and of course a contact page, and you’re on your way!

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