Monday, September 21, 2009

The first time singing live on stage!

As those of you who regularly talk to and meet me in several forums already know, september 18th was a very special day for me - the first time I sang on a small stage live for an audience!

The group of ladies I do acting classes with - we perform a play once a year, directed by our acting teacher David - was asked if we would like to take part in a small festival here in Bonn, which is called "Lesereise" - it could be roughly translated as "Reading journey". The special thing about it is, the readings are performed in shops all over the city of Bonn. In our case, the hairdresser of one of our group members asked us if we would like to perform in her beauty salon.

We did a short, funny play, read some excerpts of books - all centered around women, beauty and beauty craze, and solidarity between women - we chose texts by Vicky Baum and Dorothy Parker - we sang a song together (I got to be sort of a choir leader, too!) and I sang 4 songs.
The "Sleeping Beauties" were born, and we practised roughly 4 month for the event. The program we put together was about an hour long.

Of course, I just had to catch a cold on the monday before the performance - stayed in bed until friday, and up until friday morning I wasn't even sure if I would be able to sing - you don't even want to imagine how I felt, let alone here the rants .... :p

Anyway, despite my stuffed nose, I was able to sing - and for just one slip of the lyrics (I've never in my life had such a feeling of an "empty" head before, and would prefer to never feel that way again!!!), everything went just fine. I managed to find the words again after just one missed sentence, and though I was nervous as hell all through the 4 songs, I had fun, and was delighted and overwhelmed by the response I got from the audience (around 35 people), who congratulated me, praised my voice and even asked me if I would sing on family celebrations...
There's nothing like standing in the midst (literally, because the audience was all around me) of raucous applause... a very heady feeling! :)

As a group, we got asked if we would think about doing our program on stage at another festival, so it was a big success.

For me, this is a dream come true, and it gives me even more incentive to work on my skills as a singer and performer. What can be better than doing what you love and bring joy to others while doing it? (and maybe even making a small amount of money, if all goes well?) :)

I'm going to go step after step now - designing a flyer, working on a repertoire of more songs... this is so exciting, and so much fun!

Hopefully I'll have one or two vids to show off soon - the brother of my man filmed the whole event.
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Monday, September 7, 2009

The second round of voting for the TMUnderground OLLIES has started!

The first round of voting for the first annual TMU OLLIES is over - the community has chosen their favourite films, musicians, actors, modders, sound designers....etc. from all the movies uploaded or embedded on the TMU movie site in the last year!

A very big thank you to both Killian and Tom Foster, who organise the OLLIES, you're doing stellar work! :)

Now it's time for round 2 - if you aren't a member of the TMU community yet, now is the time to join our forums and cast your vote!
The nominees for the 43 categories can be found here - please watch all the nominated films before making any decisions! You have until September 27 2009 to vote on the nominees.

I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me - I'm overwhelmed and very happy about all the support I'm getting! :)

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