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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The Three Tools Every Actor Has At Their Disposal (No Storage Necessary!)

The Three Tools Every Actor Has At Their Disposal (No Storage Necessary!)

Every skill, trade and art has their own tools. Painters have their brushes; carpenters have their hammers; stylists have their scissors. While actors do have physical toolkits, they also have three tools at their disposal at all times — no baggage necessary! What are those tools? I’m so glad you asked!

Your Body (including your face)

Actors use their bodies to shape their characters, to move around the space, and to perform skills such as dance choreography, stage combat, tumbling, puppetry and more. Actors use their faces to express the emotions that their character is feeling. Actors’ bodies and faces can be used as canvasses for incredible costumes and gorgeous makeup, or to carry in fabulous props. Bodies can be used in tableau scenes to create atmosphere and transform the stage into a living thing.

Your Voice

An actor’s voice can be used to express their innermost thoughts through monologue, or soar through a gorgeous aria or ballad. Actors can create sound effects and soundscapes through their voices. A whisper or a shout used effectively can pull an audience in and have them eating out of the palm of your hand.

Your Imagination (mind, brain, thoughts, creativity…)

Imagination brings the body and the voice together. As performing artists, we are only limited by our imaginations. I’m betting someone reading this just thought “And budgets!” and to that I say — some of the most incredible performances I’ve seen were nothing more than an actor in an open space, performing their heart out. Imagination trumps budget every time.

Your imagination turns you from just a person to any character you could conceive of. Your imagination can create worlds. Your imagination takes your body and voice and combines (or removes one of them!) to create different kinds of theatre. Take away the body and create a soundscape. Take away the voice and create a mime or tableau scene. Or use all three tools to create something entirely different and fascinating!

What will you create with your actor’s tools?
Share your ideas with me on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!

Photo Credit: Death to the Stock Photo

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3 Ways Creative People Can (and Should!) Use A Blog

3 Ways Creative People Can (and Should!) Use A Blog

I love blogging; I think that’s fairly evident! Blogging is so much fun and a great way to share your thoughts with the world. But to be honest, I think that all creative people (theatre people, visual artists, musicians, writers, and so on!) should have a blog. Why? Read on!

Use your blog as an online resume

How easy is it to use your blog as your resume? This easy. Having an online presence makes it easier for casting directors and potential customers and clients to find you! Share the kind words that people have said about you. Be sure to include any awards, accolades, and testimonials you’ve received, as well as what training you’ve done. Let people know what you’re up to!

Use your blog as a portfolio

Show us your stuff! Share photos of art you’ve created, share your demo reel, create a Soundcloud with songs you’ve performed or composed. Then when someone asks, “What do you do?” you can easily whip out your smartphone and show them!

Share your experiences with like-minded people

You’ve got a voice — we want to hear it! Share your stories and poems, share behind-the-scenes photos of your current work in progress, share videos of your latest rehearsal or project, express your opinions, teach us something, share what you’ve learned. You have something to say! Even if you think what you’ve said has already been said somewhere else, give us YOUR experiences and thoughts. There’s no one else out there that’s quite like you!

Do you have a blog or website? I’d love to see it!
Share your links with me on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!

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Show Us Your Creative Side! An Instagram Photo Challenge with The Lovers, The Dreamers and You

Show Us Your Creative Side! An Instagram Photo Challenge with The Lovers, The Dreamers and You

I love Instagram. It’s so much fun to see the beautiful images come up on my feed, and to find new people to follow. I’ve had Instagram followers turn into friendships, which is so awesome. It’s pretty amazing how connections can be made over what essentially boils down to some pixels and WiFi!

On that note, I am thrilled to announce that I am partnering with The Lovers, The Dreamers and You to start a new creative challenge: The TLTDAY Top 10 Challenge on Instagram!

Since this is the first time we’ve created our own Instagram challenge, we’re starting with baby steps: a 10 day Instagram challenge right in the middle of March! 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 #top10challenge so everyone can find you! Show us your creativity… anything goes! Oh, and there’s a prize too!

Read on for more details and how to get in on the fun!

Show Us Your Creative Side! An Instagram Photo Challenge with The Lovers, The Dreamers and You

#top10challenge

March 13: Very Superstitious
Inspired by a favourite song by Stevie Wonder, since we’re starting on Friday the 13th, show us something superstitious. Rituals, your rehearsal process, ghosts, a lucky talisman…

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

March 15: Lights, Camera, Acting!
We’re leaving this one intentionally vague. Show us what you can do!

March 16: Play It, Sam
Share your favourite play or film, maybe a quote… or misquote!

March 17: Your Lucky Charm
It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so let’s share the luck o’ the Irish! Share something lucky! Could be an object, a person, a place… bonus points if it’s green!

March 18: 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!

March 19: 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?

March 20: Dress Rehearsal
Time to put on your best dress! Show us your costumes, dress up, cosplay… let’s see those fancy pants!

March 21: 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!

March 22: Closing Night
Party time… it’s a celebration! In honour of Kerry’s birthday, 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 me at @kerryhishon and The Lovers, The Dreamers and You 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 #top10challenge! If you’re not on Instagram, then join in the fun on Twitter! (I’m @kerryhishon there too, and be sure to like @LoversDreamersU while you’re at it!)

How do I get the most out of this experience?
You will get so much out of the #top10challenge 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!

Did you say something about a prize?
Yessir! We will be awarding a special surprise prize (ha ha!) to one of our favourite photos during the #top10challenge! The prize winner will be chosen at the end of the challenge, and eligibility is worldwide. The more photos you post, the better chance you have of winning!

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


PS: Check out my most recent Instagram challenge photos, from Veronica Varlow’s #dangerdiarychallenge:

Guest Blog on The Lovers, The Dreamers and You!

Hi everyone!  I’ve written a guest blog post for The Lovers, the Dreamers and You, called 10 Ways to Reinvigorate Your Creativity.  You should go check it out!

What are some things you do to pull yourself out of a creative slump?  Share your ideas in the comments!