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May 2012

It’s all about the Attitude

Working in the Entertainment Industry is a wonderful thing. If you are fortunate enough to have the talent, drive, dedication, and passion to pursue a career in this industry, it can open up a very colourful world and provide you with many experiences that most people can only dream of.

It doesn’t matter if you are working as the lead in a film, a dancer in the corps de ballet, a crew member, director or choreographer, you need to have a professional attitude at all times. Be friendly to the people you work with, enjoy yourself, work hard, be respectful and positive, and you will always find yourself with work on the table. Remember that it’s not always what you know, but who you know. People talk, and if they have worked with you before and found you to be professional, they will recommend you.

In our industry, your work ethic reputation is like gold. No-one wants to work with a Diva, no matter how talented they think they are. People want to work with someone who will be keen to dig their teeth into the job, turn up early, give it 120% effort and nothing less.

If you are a seasoned professional, remember that there is always more to learn, and if you really are a true artist you will always be searching for perfection.

That perfect performance, that we all know is like the story of unattainable love, it’s always just out of our grasp. If you are forever striving to improve your performance, learn more about your craft, hone and improve your skills, then you will always be a good artist to work with.

No-one wants to have to deal with people who think they know it all, who have a bad attitude and don’t want to rehearse because they think they are above everyone else. It’s annoying and it also puts everyone else under pressure and on edge, because they have to work that much harder to ensure nothing does go wrong because someone else is under-rehearsed.

Whenever you are in class, use every moment you can as a full-out performance. If it’s a dance class and you are waiting for your turn, use the time to practice the steps and figure out how you are going to present your work. Good dancers never waste a moment in class, they hardly ever rest because they are always in the back going over the choreography or working on balances, or how they are going to “dance” the work to stand out and make it better each time they do it.

Look at actors working on a t.v series or movie, the leads are always going over their lines in between takes, and getting themselves focused on the way they are going to deliver their dialogue. Yes there may be some bloopers/fun moments here and there, but the good ones stay focused on the job at hand. Always with that positive attitude and strong work ethic. No-one wants to be working till midnight because you weren’t professional enough to remember your lines and stay focused in between takes.

If you have this good attitude, it shows the respect you have to the other people you are working with. Respect your teacher by listening to them in class, take on board what they are saying not just to you, but also to other dancers and apply it to what you are doing.

Show respect to your cast mates, crew, choreographer/director by listening, don’t muck around when it’s not the time for it. Put the hard work in, do what you are directed to do without complaint, and you will go far.

Remember that you are the tool the choreographer is using to create their work, their masterpiece. You need to be adaptable.

Remember that there are many people involved in making a great show, it’s not all about you. There are people who work extremely hard making costumes, sets, lighting, music, to make it all come together, and they deserve your utmost respect.

Remember that we are all in it together for the love of what we do.

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A Cure for Eyelash Glue Removal!

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We all know the amazing effect that is created with fake eyelashes. The gorgeous doll-like eyes that put the finishing touch to any dancing gals make-up – or give that flourish to the beautiful colours used in drag make-up.

They open up your eyes and help to create a gorgeous old-school Hollywood glamour look on stage.

But beware the never ending amounts of glue that will be stuck to your real eyelashes after a performance! I have always had a hard time getting all the glue off my eyes and eyelashes after a show, and if you are performing many nights in a row you really need to take care of your eyes and skin around your eyes to make sure that you don’t do any damage or speed-up the aging process causing more wrinkles.

I am constantly picking out glue from my eyes and unfortunately pulling out my real eyelashes in the process! Ouch!

This week, after a performance my Director and fellow Showgirl gave me a really good tip. To get any excess glue off your eyes and eyelashes without having to rub and aggravate your skin, you can use some Baby Oil to massage the glue off.

I tested it out this week, and low and behold, it works! I tried massaging the oil over my eyelids and lashes with my finger, and another time using a cotton pad, and it worked well both ways. Afterwards I used my make-up wipes to wipe off the extra Baby Oil and then wash my face with cleanser. It was a break through for me, because I have found that no matter what eye make-up remover lotion or potion, or wipes I used, I still couldn’t get rid of that ruddy glue!

Now, no worries! I have invested in a small bottle of “light” or “sensitive” baby oil, so make sure you choose something that suits your skin. It hasn’t irritated my eyes at all.

Another trick that I would like to share, is for the glue you use. Now, many people might not like to try this and it might sound weird, so that is fine. It’s totally up to you if you want to take this advice or not. But, when I was younger we ran out of eyelash glue, and for a while we used PVA glue. It worked like a charm! It stuck on really well and we didn’t have eyelashes coming off at the corners as they sometimes do, and when it came time to take them off, the eyelashes peeled off so easily and with little to no glue residue left behind.

If you think back to when you were a kid at school, and there was always someone in class who would experiment with putting a thin layer of PVA glue over the back of their hand, and then peel it off looking like they were peeling off a layer of skin. Well, that’s exactly it, it peels off super easy.

Now, I am talking about putting it on your eyes, so you need to be carefull! And only try this if you want to, as I am taking no responsibility if you have an accident. But I have used it myself and it has worked well. I am just passing on tips from my own experience.

If you have any other tips you would like to share, please feel free to e-mail or comment on this blog.

Have a great weekend,

Jo

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