Tried and True: Wardrobe Staples

Tried and True: Wardrobe Staples

 

The Challenges Of An Aspiring Actor

Becoming a professional actor, like becoming a professional blogger is not an easy task. For both, it takes years and years of training to be good at what you do. But how does an actor start off? One good way is to participate in local auditions for an entertainment project – these get advertised in newspapers and websites regularly. But opportunities exist more in a metropolitan, with an established entertainment industry, than elsewhere. Before taking the leap in the great big world, an aspiring actor can also participate in plays (these could be those you have done in school, as well) and demonstrate their acting skills, or acting talents. Agents are often invited to plays, and a good play, even if it didn’t pay you a lot, could act as a means to acquire an agent, for starters.

An actor often has to get an agent. Growing your contacts through social media is a good way but a reference is almost a must to get an agent, so if you don’t have a friend, or colleague who knows of an agent, joining a local community of actors is a good way to grow your social circle – they can help you find an agent, to whom you can submit headshots, audition tapes and film reels demonstrating your potential as an actor (or actress).

When an aspiring actor has a meeting with an agent, it’s important for him or her to have a pleasant appearance, and be rightfully confident regarding it. Before an agent, actors should talk about what they like, what their experiences are, and be confidently obvious that an agent is not wasting his or her precious time with you.

There is obviously a great challenge involved in becoming an actor.

When you have hired an agent, getting your foot through the door in the entertainment industry becomes a lot easier. An agent will get a portion of your earnings from your work in the entertainment industry, and also do the job of recommending you to a director, and locate which movie would be suitable for you, and which not really.

Another very good way to grab auditions and casting calls is Backstage. Backstage is a digital casting avenue and it has introduced Robert De Niro, Chris Evans and Sandra Bullock to Hollywood. The website lists thousands of United States-based projects regularly, so it’s a brilliant place for aspiring actors to hunt for auditions in good projects. A good entertainment project can act as a springboard to many more good, or even great, projects for an actor, if they, much like Hollywood bloggers, have it in them to make it big in Hollywood.

I like to think that an actor should have an open mind about auditions: it’s a part of the game with their job. Big budget productions, such as Beauty and the Beast, more often than not, have a line of actresses in mind for a part (even if they all have agents) so it’s important to work on always demonstrating a brilliant work portfolio and impress, to secure the role of a lifetime.

Lyrics To ‘My Heart Will Go On’

One of my favourite Celine Dion songs of all time – My Heart Will Go On + the lyrics. Released in 1997, the music is composed by James Horner, and it’s the Love Theme from Titanic . If I play the song, and look at my curated stills (on Pinterest) from the movie, Titanic, I can actually visualize the scenes from the music video, back in 1997-1998 when I use to watch it on MTV a lot.

The Miracle with Helen Keller

The Hollywood film, ‘The Miracle Worker’ portrays the difficulty Keller experienced in learning a language, when she was just a child, and it’s synonymous with the mystery surrounding Keller because she learned how to converse, despite being both deaf and blind; Keller might have had a late start in life with language, but that didn’t deter her from having her own special voice

Hellen Keller was an American deaf-blind person, who found international stardom in her life for her penmanship, activism and for being the first deaf-blind person to earn a university degree. Helen was inflicted with a rare illness, in my point of view, which makes  it impossible for her to learn Braille – the language that blind people use to read and write, or learn sign language – the language that deaf people use to communicate, because she is both deaf and blind. Keller can neither learn Braille to express herself because she’s unable to hear (and feel through touch) and associate a word with an object, like blind people do when they have learnt Braille, nor is she able to see and learn sign language and then also associate a sign with an object, like deaf people do when they have learnt sign language.

It’s an extraordinarily different kind of illness and this sets Keller apart from people with disabilities just like her: those who are deaf or those who are blind, but never both together – millions of people around the world are sadly blind, or deaf. And yet Helen, who is doubly more disabled than a blind or deaf person, miraculously overcomes her personal barriers to become just like any woman in the world. The reason behind this is Helen’s teacher: Anne Sullivan, who’s blind herself and astoundingly lacking in reading/writing abilities; Anne eventually became Helen’s governess and even earned her companionship – the two had a forty-nine-year-long relationship, despite what’s portrayed in the movie The Miracle Worker (1962), which was based on Helen’s autobiography.

The Miracle Worker (1962)

In the movie, Helen Keller (Patty Duke) constantly has violent and uncontrollable outbursts because given that Keller’s both blind and deaf since birth, Keller is unable to converse or express herself. Anne Sullivan (Anne Bancroft) then turns things around for Keller when she teaches her to associate an object with a sign, which describes it. Both Braille and sign language had long been invented since Keller’s birth in the 1880s but despite being from a relatively well-to-do family (Keller’s from an army background, which runs really deep), Helen is unable to use either to express herself because of her disease.

Born in 1880 at a homestead in Alabama, Helen Keller initially had no defects in eyesight or hearing. But when she was only a little over a year old, Keller was inflicted with either scarlet fever or meningitis – both her brain and stomach was in a congested state; it’s a medical condition, which can be described as both her organs were blocked up because it’s filled with something too much; this medical condition, in the end, made Keller both deaf and blind.

Before Sullivan entered her life, Helen was able to communicate with the home cook’s daughter using signs and her vocabulary eventually expanded to include sixty signs, which had certain similarities to both sign and spoken languages and she would use this to converse with her family. This means that Helen could construct simple sentences and also words and they they are kind of similar to each other even though each sign is isolated from another.

It’s extraordinary that Helen even had a vocabulary of her own, or learned to communicate in the end because she almost evolved into a wild child, brought up in isolation and these kinds of deaf children mostly don’t exhibit signs of any knowledge over language – they have extreme difficulty with the learning of a language. Helen had already taught herself how to live with her disabilities but when Kate Adams (Helen’s mother) learned from Charles Dickens’ American Notes of the education of another deaf-blind woman (Laura Bridgman), Adams made Keller visit a physician specialized in eye, ear, nose and throat, who referred her to Alexander Graham Bell (the inventor of the telephone), who in turn suggested Kate drop by the Perkins Institute for the Blind, where Bridgman had been taught.

Anne Sullivan was approached for Helen Keller when she was only twenty-years-old, and Anne was a former student at Perkins. In March 1887, Sullivan and Keller begin their association. At first, it’s not an easy one because Keller is frustrated she cannot grasp that every object is associated with a word, which describes what it is. In one shocking episode: when Anne attempts to teach Keller the word for ‘mug’, Keller’s frustration leads her to break the mug. The following month, Keller finally gets her big break in expressing herself: her teacher runs cool water over Keller’s one palm, and makes motions on Keller’s other palm – this makes Keller identify what water is, but with symbols, instead of words.

Favourite Golden Globe Moments

I don’t know which was more surprising – Zootopia winning over Moana (I love both!) or La La Land winning that many number of times

The Golden Globes have always been a grand celebration of the best films of the year. It must be such a tough job to sift through so many good films annually and pick the best of the crop to hand out that coveted Golden Globe to a selected few but every year this hard job happens and what follows is a day to look forward to.

Stars sashay their carefully chosen gowns on the red carpet, the host likes to bust out his comedic sketch or the other, and then there are the nominees who must be teetering on a nervous breakdown, but still manage to keep their composed self together with poise and grace.

I don’t know how the stars manage but I found it so hard to keep my anxiety level to a bare minimum. I mean, especially when the winner for the Best Picture, Musical or Comedy was going to be announced – I tried to be fine with it if La La Land wouldn’t win even though I was secretly rooting for it.

I mean, come on, that was the strongest film amongst the nominations so it deserved to win. I was half-hoping it would be rushed up – the announcement for the winner, and half-reminding myself “It is always like this! Just enjoy your veg and mayo sandwich!”

But who was I kidding? I am so glad the night has come to an end now and what I am left with are just good memories, like these…

Beautiful!

This was one of my favourite moments of the night – actually anything with ‘the Golden Globes and Atlanta’ in it just spell amazing to me!

Oh! I hope Leo’s funny face here whilst reading the beautiful golden card was for something else because I actually wasn’t pleased with this win!

Wow wow! I didn’t even know that confusion-thing was spreading everywhere!

…Indeed! What memories they were!

I think the highlight of the evening was seeing so many wins for my favourites amongst the Golden Globe nominations this year. It is an amazing feeling when I see my favourites win at the Golden Globes. It is incredible, a little bit indescribable and a whole lot of happy moments, rolled into one!

That and the filler moments during the Golden Globes where you enjoy crew-funnies like these…

Aditya Chopra’s Bizarre ‘Befikre’

Vaani Kapoor looks amazing in Befikre
Vaani Kapoor looks amazing in Befikre
What is up with the volume of craptacular films in Bollywood sometimes?

Everything in the universe isn’t Shahrukh Khan’s Raees and how great it looks. Sometimes, when you are looking for a good Bollywood film to watch what greets you, are I feel, C grade movies – the very definition of awful Bollywood films. It’s the most annoying thing in the world but one good recent example of this is Aditya Chopra’s Befikre, and it’s tasteless acts everywhere. I loved Vaani Kapoor in it so maybe I should say important portions of Befikre (not where Vaani Kapoor is being amazing) instead there were absolute C grade. But really the film was just so difficult to get good vibes from initially because of it’s tastelessness – the tastelessness was played by Ranveer Singh effortlessly.

Normally I don’t really like any of Ranveer’s work – even when he is cast as one of the leads in Baajirao Maastani, I choose to avoid that subject altogether because I find him rather ill-fitting right inbetween Deepika Padukone’s Mastani and Priyanka Chopra’s Kashibai in the movie. It’s not just how he plays a man you just do not root for in the film, it’s also that Ranvir really is such a compelling eyesore. Maybe, I should really get back to daydreaming again when Disney-UTV’s Jagga Jasoos (with Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif) will hit theatres…

The Misadventures of Rose. Act I.

Titanic is one of those films that became a masterpiece because of James Cameron’s inventive wit and curiosity about interesting subjects, such as shipwrecks and English shipliners. But the film has never really been about the ship to most people, it has been about one of the two protagonists, Rose. The film charts the tragic episodes that builds up Rose DeWitt Bukater’s life: how she goes from a woman who criticises British artistocratic society to a woman who falls madly in love, with a pauper, despite being engaged to another man. Rose’s tragedy unfolds because of the love affair she has had with Jack Dawson, an artist who is a poor boy, with no riches.

Rose must get married to Caledon Nathan Hockley, the heir to a Pittsburgh steel fortune because she and her mother cannot afford to look after themselves properly. Rose does not fit into the aristocratic society she is being wed off to because of her rude and brutish smoking habits during breakfast, with other fellow first class passengers. The engagement with Caledon has given Rose plenty of privileges that were not previously open to her because of her status as a poor woman. Rose is from “a high-class”, and she makes that constantly clear to everyone but she can no longer maintain that status because she was obviously not born into it. After her father unexpectedly dies, leaving the family debt-ridden, Rose and her mother, Ruth has no other choice but to get Rose married off to a rich heir because of his fortune.

Caledon grows jealous of her romantic relationship with Jack Dawson and tries hard to break the two of them up but it leads to no avail. He eventually survives the crash of the ship, like Rose, and unlike Jack, and it is believed that Rose and Caledon never cross paths again. Caledon loses his life prematurely however because he loses his entire fortune at the Wall Street crash of 1929, and because of losing all his money he eventually commits suicide. Rose’s mother, is a widowed woman who holds the point of view that Rose does not need to have a marriage filled with a lot of love but instead must have a marriage that lets them maintain their social standing.

Jack is very different from Rose – he is a young man from Wisconsin and he has a timid friendship with Rose, at first, for which neither her mother or Caledon, show much gratitude towards because they do not like Jack. However, Rose is someone who is not so cautious about social customs in the first class and therefore decides to live dangerously with Jack by dancing and drinking with Jack in third class, in the middle of regular dinning with the other first class passengers. The two share not enough romantic moments onboard the ship because it suddenly crashes while hitting an iceberg on the Atlantic Ocean, in the direction of Newfoundland.

But whatever romantic episodes you do have in the film, such as Rose gently requesting Jack to sketch her in the nude, and the two making love in an automobile from Renualt motors, inside the cargo of Titanic, and Rose managing to rescue Jack, when Caledon discovers the sketch affixed to a note mocking him, that seems to suggest her defiance over her love affair with Jack Dawson and how Caledon can do nothing about it and has him arrested over a staged-theft, despite the fact that the ship is sinking and the threat it can pose to her life, is nicely illustrative of the love Rose has for Jack – she was “a high class woman” who might/might not be aristocratic (and employed) but was very defiantly ahead of times and “a very strong and independent individual”. Rose survives the crash and begins to call herself Mrs. Dawson despite the fact that she never got married to Jack Dawson, because he does not survive the Titanic crash, and in retrospect I have to say that Rose is very bravely poignant in expressing her thoughts on her love, even if Jack is no longer there to hear it.