Taking a Loss

I got my ass kicked in Muay Thai sparring today and I’m actually really happy. 

Because 1) this was my first time sparring in many years (and after my accident too.) 

2) I know what I need to work on for next time and 

3) I better understand my opponent. She was very physically strong and it has been some time that I have had to battle someone with that much strength. 

My endurance to the hits will take some time to build up and then I will work on my technique and flow a little more. People are always so afraid of getting stung by the hits, but I like it. Even those hard hitters run out of juice eventually.

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I’m Back

(Current Mood: Annoyed Little Girl Eating Mac and Cheese.)

No, I didn’t disappear. It’s been an incredibly hectic week. My dad ended up back in the hospital, which he will stay for another week. I didn’t book any work and my money is dwindling. I have yet to hear from student aid and since I’m moving to Ireland, dad’s job has to go to someone who will be committed to it for a while. Basically, life is kinda rough right now. I’m completely beside myself and I’m not sure what to do. 

    (I sound like a broken record at this point.)

So what is good? I’m taking Muay Thai right now and the studio isn’t far from home. I’m booked to see my friends on the West Coast and Vegas, so that’s cool. I don’t have too much else to report. Hopefully something good will come my way soon.

Combat Workshop 

Piggybacking off of my previous post, I want to talk about my upcoming combat workshop this weekend. You have no idea how stoked I really am! This is a two day workshop down the street from my house (super convenient), that consists of knife fighting, found object fighting, Asian fan fighting, ripping weapons away from an opponent, and fighting with a small sword. I’m especially excited about the sword fighting because it will make me feel a little bit like my childhood hero, Red Sonja. SQUEE!!!


(Source: Marvel Comics Group. And check out Thor: Ragnarok since the writer Roy Thomas also co-created the Valkyrie.)

Needless to say, I freaking love fighting, and I may be a little too aggressive lol.

I Almost Got Into a Fight

I almost had to beat a girl down, a little while ago, for putting her hands on my dad. The crazy part is, that it has nothing to do with my family personally. My dad is the super of our apartment building, he was kicking her out in a peaceful fashion. 

One thing I do know, is that people are crazy and I feel justified to take on more training. Not just for the stage, but for real life as well. (Especially if I have to deal with any further bullshit like that.) I have a feeling that I may have to utilize this training in the future. How that will manifest? I have a hunch, but I’m not going to speak on that until the time is right.

Retiring from Background Acting

I consider last Wednesday to be my last time on set as a background actress. And what a way to finish out…with Quantico. It’s really funny considering, that was the show I started with. It was even more fitting that I was in an early episode, a middle episode, and the season finale as probably the same character in Quantico world; Someone upscale from the D.C. area. Another thing that made that role interesting, is that I was born in D.C., so I probably gave off the vibe of a Preppy D.C. resident when they cast me.

I haven’t too much other work than Gotham, Homeland, and Untouchable. The decision to stop was based off of many factors: cost of travel, lack of time, and of course trying to find a little more stable work in my area. I may find my way back to New York before leaving for Ireland, but at least not until May. (I’m booked with stuff near my home until then.) Plus I want to do something different. Maybe some Non-Descript stunt work on a show, some modeling jobs, maybe go to a high profile party, or even attend another Broadway show. 

I have enough acting gigs here at home. Titanic is coming up and soon after, Orange is the New Musical. That will be the last run of my U.S. season until I move to Dublin. After that it will just be teaching pole, hopefully hearing back from some of the scholarships I put in for, visiting my family and friends and kissing them goodbye, maybe working some odd jobs. Still, I’m a little sad. I love working in New York, I just want to work there a different way.

Fighting 

No, I’m not writing about whatever drama is happening in my life this time. I’m talking about actual fighting, or in my case fight scenes! I have to correspond with my fight partner soon to see what scene we would like to choreograph. Much of what we have to include will be what we learned over the past few weeks:

Punches 

Chokes

Slaps

Aikido rolls

Hair pulling 

Blocks and grappling

These scenes will also include a little bit of dialogue to give context as to who we are and why are we fighting. Is it serious? Is it comedic? Do I owe this person money? Are they stalking me? Does pineapple go on pizza? It’s up to my partner and I to tell a story through violence. I hope to have it recorded and shared with you on this site soon! In the meantime here are a selection of fight scenes that I really love:

Yuen Biao vs. Dick Wei-Millionaires Express

Any fight from the 1966 Batman Series

James Bond Quantum of Solace Knife Fight

My FAVORITE fight Kill Bill pt.1 Beatrix Kiddo vs. Vernita Green

Simply because this scene is so bad and the fact that Jean Claude Van Damme is showing off his twerk team skills-Kickboxer Dance scene

Michelle Yeoh and Cynthia Rothrock in YES MADAM

Last one I promise, Ong Bak Final Fight Scene, full of Muay Thai flying knees and elbows!

I hope you enjoy these as I did 😊

A Heavy Weekend 

(Source: Yuri!!!On Ice. This is a factual depiction of me on St. Patrick’s Day.)

Well friends, I’m exhausted. I did stick to my promise of not consuming alcohol…that was until St. Paddy’s evening and I didn’t have to pay for my drinks. I was invited to go see burlesque at one of the local bars and I was in love! Not only because of the burlesque show, but due to the fact that they were a dive entertainment bar, complete with a pole. And I may be trying out for the burlesque troupe. 😊

Anyway, I want to give a quick update on my progress so far:

• April 7-9th I will be performing Titanic: Tragedy and Trial in Delaware City for the Reedy Point Players, I am double-cast and not doing anything else but performing so it should be a solid performance.

•I had to pass on roller derby assessments because of my show schedule being back to back and on the same nights as practice. It couldn’t be done. (Holy Over-Commitment Batman!) 

•Speaking of shows and why my schedule is full; I got cast in Orange Is The New Musical at Bootless Stageworks. This is my second performance this year, with my first being Body and Sold.


(He had it comin’!!! Oh wait…wrong musical.) 

•My school advisor is trying to work their voodoo magic to get me accepted into school, this means I have to update my resume and submit to the program directors to show I’m serious about my education.

•I’m also attending a casting call for a fit modeling job in town. For those that don’t know what “fit modeling” is: you are invited to a fashion lab to try on clothes for fashion brands and give feedback about how well they fit. The brand wants to know how well the garment fits and feels before they mass produce it, and put it out on the market. It’s good money if you can get it. The last time I did it, I ended up getting a free pair of jeans and socks out of the deal. (I don’t think that’s common, so please don’t expect that if you do get the job.) 

•I’m making progress, slowly but surely in my combat class. I got a fight partner today, so we will be going over scenes to work on soon. 

•I’m still trying to pick up some more background jobs, especially since it is pilot season and there are new shows coming out. No such luck right now.

That’s all I got for now, I will keep you posted on anything new.