The Intent To Live – A Must Read For Actors

I hesitated to write about this book just yet because I’m not completely finished reading it. However, I keep talking about it with all the actors I know and I just can’t wait to share it with everyone here.

Larry Moss is one of the most sought after acting coaches in the world and from what I’ve heard from mutual friends (I can’t even believe I can say that), he is also one of the most generous and kind souls out there. In fact, he shares a lot of personal stories and feelings in this book and it is pretty evident that he’s a special person.

I had read pieces of this book when I was in theatre school but for some reason never the whole thing. It turns out it was for the best. I don’t think I was ready for it back then. This book has landed in my lap at the perfect time. At a moment in time when I needed motivation and inspiration and that extra little bit of something to remind me of why I love acting and this business in the first place. It helps that in the last couple of months I’ve also worked with some teachers who have been incredibly supportive and encouraging and let me know that I was heading in the right direction. It’s funny how life works.

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The Wise Words Of Dr. Seuss

My favorite Dr. Seuss book is ‘Oh The Places You’ll Go‘. It was given to me by a good friend when we graduated High School. Actually, she had written a short play about it which we performed for our final Drama class project.

I haven’t thought about that in so long! It was a great script. I have such talented friends.

The book has such a positive message and it came at a time when I had no idea of where I was going. I was heading to University, I wasn’t going to know anyone, I wasn’t sure if I had picked the right course of study. So many questions! Dr. Seuss has a way of shifting that fear into excitement for the future….and for that I am grateful! The book is never far from my sight and I try to share it with friends whenever possible.

It’s a great graduation gift for a student who is heading off into the world. It makes the adventure that much more exciting!

The picture below is another reason why we all love Dr. Seuss. His message is universal and one that we should be sharing with kids as early as possible. How incredible to see a small child holding this sign. Good job parents. Good job.

Clearly, Everyone Needs Owl Tea Cups

I might like these because they are owls (and I love owls), or I might like these because as I said, everyone needs owl tea cups. However, I think the real reason I like these is because they remind me of an owl cup that my father used to have on his desk when I was growing up. Somehow, my sister has it now. I don’t know how that happened, but it makes me smile to think I could have one just like it. Sort of.

If you must have these, and I’m sure you must, you can purchase them here.

Design Inspiration

One of my all time favorite things to do is look at design magazines and watch design shows on TV. If someone told me that in my next life I would be just like Sarah Richardson, I think I would be able to die in peace.

I realize I haven’t really shared this part of me yet so here are a few design shots that really made an impact on me last week. I enjoy pretty. I enjoy organized, and I enjoy granny chic.

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Tunes For A Rainy Afternoon

UPDATE!

I posted this last year on my Tumblr blog, but since I am still obsessed with this playlist, and since I just discovered 8tracks, I figured I would repost it, share it with my new wordpress followers, and this time include the actual playlist! This playlist has never let me down. It’s a keeper.

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I created this playlist recently as a going away present for a group of friends. These songs have been a huge part of the last few months for me and I wanted to share them with the people I love. I can’t take credit for finding them….they are all songs that were used at some point or another (except for the Jason Robert Brown one which I just happen to love) in the wonderful CW show “Life Unexpected”. Seriously, go to itunes, download them, make a playlist and let them work their magic.

  • I Wish You Love – Sunflow
  • Kite Song – Rosie Thomas
  • World Spins Madly On  – The Weepies
  • Here Is A Heart – Jenny Owens Youngs
  • You Got Growing Up To Do – Joshua Radin
  • All This Beauty – The Weepies
  • Fall Apart Today – Schuyler Fisk
  • That’s How It Is – Paul Freeman
  • Can’t Go Back Now – The Weepies
  • Lovers Without Love – Joshua James
  • One Of Those Days – Joshua Radin
  • Since You’ve Been Around – Rosie Thomas
  • Brand New Day – Joshua Radin
  • Crash This Train – Joshua James
  • Beautiful Tree – Rain Perry
  • Sit With Me Tonight – Garrison Star
  • Someone To Fall Back On – Jason Robert Brown
  • Live High – Jason Mraz
  • Thank You – MoZella

Homework (Brain Food)!

I have a lot of work to do. This pile of books just keeps getting bigger and bigger, but I can’t stop buying more. I’ve been out of school for a while now, but I am a student of life and my homework is piling up!

In my defence, the top two books, The TV Writer’s Workbook by Ellen Sandler, and Screenplay by Syd Field I have already read. They just happen to be books I go back to a lot so I like to keep them handy.

  • The TV Writer’s Workbook is a book I bought when I was trying to teach myself to write a television script. This summer I got it in my head that I was going to write a television pilot. I’m almost done, and I think it’s pretty good! Anyone know anyone at HBO? lol…..anyway, I could not have even begun to write it without this book. Thank you, Ellen Sandler! Continue reading

A Letter To My Younger Self

Some say that wisdom comes with age. I am now a year older….so does that mean I’m a year wiser? That seems questionable. What I do know is that I have evolved. A year ago today I was still in recovery mode. Trying to get my life back to normal after a magical 8 months on the road with the West Side Story tour. I was trying to get my feet back on the ground, back to reality, and dealing with the usual fears that come with the end of one adventure and the beginning of….who knows?

In one year I have evolved from a heartbroken ingenue to a motivated go-getter, to a terrified creative type and finally ended up as a centred,  hopeful optimist (on a good day, or course)! All I’m trying to say is that I am a year older and I DO feel wiser, but not because I have more knowledge or more answers. I feel wiser because I have gone through a year’s worth of experiences that have informed me of the world, my life in it, and what I need to do to get through it in one piece. For that I am grateful.

Have you ever read the series of books ‘What I Know Now‘? I read them about 5 years ago and they have stuck with me ever since. ‘What I know Now’ is a collection of letters that well-known and accomplished women have written to their younger selves. The letters are a reminder that we all start out the same. Scared, foolish, lost, optimistic and hopeful.

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The Many Faces Of William Shakespeare

Among other things, Shakespeare and I share a birthday and a passion for the theatre. His plays are as diverse as the images in these paintings, and as actors we always strive to perform his rich and diverse cast of characters.

English was not my first language so I am always amazed by the language and its origins. It never fails to surprise me when I hear of certain words that were coined by Mr. Shakespeare himself. Obscene, alligator, skim milk and eye ball to name a few!

These prints, from www.fab.com are a fitting tribute to the genius. Eclectic and richly detailed. The video below is a quirky history of Shakespeare and his influence on the English language.

Who else shares our day of birth? Shirley Temple, Sandra Dee, and Michael Moore! I am in good company.

Keep Calm And Carry On – True Story

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster? I had no idea it had such an interesting history. Today we know it from countless products such as journals, t-shirts, bags, candles, mouse pads and even bed sheets! We’ve modified the text countless ways to serve our own purposes. For example, ‘Keep Calm and Drink Tea’. However, the poster was created to boost morale during WWII…and since then it’s been on quite a journey.

My lovely friend Karen introduced me to this video. This is one of the things I love about the
world-wide web and having a blog. Once people start to get to know me and what I like they send me amazing things like this!

To learn more about the history of the poster make sure to check out the website here!

Keep Calm a Carry On….and send me some videos! ;)

The Perfect Words of Julia Alvarez


 When I was a teenager I came across a book called ‘How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents’. It was able to capture how I felt being, essentially, an immigrants daughter. I was born In Lima, Peru but moved to Canada when I was 7. I actually turned 7 the day I got here. Epic.

I have had a pretty amazing life here. Never had to deal with any issues of racism or prejudice, but I definitely have felt different. It’s a feeling that I sometimes like. I like having a different background than the rest of my friends. I enjoy being able to live parallel lives…my life in Toronto and my life when I go to Lima. Those things have shaped who I am today. They have made me, well, me.

My struggles have been centred around trying to figure out where I belong. Where am I meant to be. Who was I meant to be. What if I had stayed in Lima and never moved? Who would I become?

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This One Is For The Little Birds

I love Dallas Clayton and his story. His books are a must for any home with children, as well as anyone who appreciates a little inspiration, and is a child at heart.

I have to say, It think a lot of Dallas’ pieces would be perfect as art work on kid’s bedroom walls. They’re beautiful and always contain a wonderful message.

I thought this was a fitting post for the little ones during Poetry Month. Thank you, Dallas!

Find out more at www.dallasclayton.com

Give Yourself a Hand

I’ve been meaning to get some book lists on this blog for a while but I had so many books to look through the task seemed completely overwhelming! I am happy now to have narrowed down some choices, created some themed lists, and taken some pictures to go along with them.

This first collection of books are meant to give us all the little helping hand we need when we haven’t had the best year, the month has seemed off, the week has been too long, or simply when we’re having an off day.

I love reading these kinds of books because they combine two of my favorite things; reading about the lives and experiences of others, and the opportunity to reflect on my life and ways I can improve it. Each of these books had a big impact on my life and my relationship with the world. I hope they can serve all of you in the same way.

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I Might Have A Small Book Obsession

I’ve admitted before that I definitely judge a book by its cover. I enjoy beautiful design and packaging. It’s true. So when I first set eyes on this collection of Penguin Classics I concluded that I was going to have to get every book in the collection. Even if I had already read them. I didn’t care. I realized that they were not just gonna be good re-reads, but they were also going to be an amazing addition to any room or space! They are just so beautiful!

I have this thing with using books as decoration. I even own books about decorating with books. If there are books on the subject it makes me feel like I’m not alone. There are others like me. Other souls who see the beauty of books.

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This Is Your LIFE.

Recognize this incredible poster of powerful words? Do you remember seeing it all over your news feed on Facebook? Well I finally learnt where it came from and I am so excited at my discovery!

Holstee is a company with a conscience. It’s what can happen when people sit down for a second, stop moving, and really think about what they want out of life and for the world. That’s what Mike, Dave and their cousin Fabian did a few years ago and what came out of it was the Holstee Manifesto. The poster you see above, and the message that’s being heard all over the world. Thankfully.

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How To Change The World In 5 Steps: Joy Apparel


JOY APPAREL

A few years ago I filmed a little commercial for this incredible t-shirt company. Their mission is clearly stated in their 5 easy steps, but it’s worth mentioning that the people involved are just as wonderful as their message. I got a free t-shirt for my work and I have worn it proudly ever since.

The company is the brain child of Jeff Woodrow. An inspiring man from Toronto who quit his day job to focus on making the world a better place one t-shirt at a time. The idea is so simple and brilliant, yet an idea is only worthwhile if you get up and do something about it. Jeff now spends his days drawing the faces you see on every t-shirt which come from the thousands of submissions he receives worldwide.

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