Ventures New

Bonjour! I hope you’ve all had a nice weekend? I’m currently enjoying a nice lazy Sunday which feels like a gift from God at the minute with how busy I’ve been & how hard I’ve worked this week. I’ve also had a busy Saturday which didn’t involve my usual job in the week but a new venture of mine. So, what have I been up to that involves me working so hard and being so busy? I shall tell you.

If you’ve had a good read of my blog then you probably know that I’m a performer. I’m an all-rounder trained in singing, dancing & acting. And as a lot of performers know, when you’re not in a performing job of some sort, you need to work. As a rule, I’ve gone to agencies and worked in places like call centres on things like campaigns or on bureau. Education & legal services are just some of things I’ve worked on. They were quite nice as a rule, but I ended up working in more customer service based roles and didn’t like that so was looking for a new job. I wanted something flexible that would allow me to get time off for auditions or if any work came up, and I was told about a job working for the NHS in a hospital.

The job involves cleaning & serving food and is classed as bank work so you can choose what shifts you work and when. It was a perfect choice for the sheer flexibility of the role, and as long as you book yourself in for shifts you’re pretty much guaranteed work as there are always shifts available. Sure, it was going to be hard work, but what a lovely little job to be doing in the quest for getting work and becoming a successful performer. Doing something worthwhile whilst chatting & getting to know the little children on the children’s ward or the sweet little old ladies. How lovely.

I’ve met some lovely people in my time there and it does make you think and put things in to perspective. I’ve chosen to work the early shifts mainly which is 7 – 2 but also work lates as well. As I’m new to this job at the moment I’m very tired, but all the hard work will be worth it though when you look at the bigger picture. Which leads me on to my newest venture – starting acting classes at The Actors Class.

I have been wanting to start classes at The Actors Class for a while now. I had the course director Mary Doherty as a guest teacher when I was training at Musical Theatre college and really liked her lessons. They were good quality and she seemed to bring the best out in you. A year or two after I left I knew a couple of people who attended the Actors Class and said how good it was so it was a no brainer really. I applied for a variety of reasons. To explore & develop my skills as an actor, to keep in training & keep fit, focused & challenged, get help with auditioning and it would also give me some confidence and direction. I’m really excited about what’s to come during the course and what the future holds. I’m already learned some great stuff in my first 3 lessons and it’s amazing just what you can learn from a good class.

Their Patrons consist of the likes of respected actor Simon Callow from Four Weddings and a Funeral and Shakespeare in Love, award winning actress and singer Janie Dee who has Carousel, Cats and Romeo & Juliet as some of her credits, and they have also recently added Nick Bagnall who is the associate director of The Liverpool Everyman Theatre.

The first 2 classes consisted of working on monologues that we had prepared and Mary giving us advice and techniques to improve it each time you did it which was great. I learned some great techniques to apply to my work & it’s very clever how it all works. The 3rd week involved script work and we worked on comedy. I feel so more confident in myself as an actor already & the choices I make. I have learnt some great things already, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what else I learn and my skills improving. I think It’s just what I needed at this point in my career in the points stated earlier. What I like about The Actors Class is the fact that it provides good quality training that is affordable. I was able to fund the £319 course by money I had saved in the last couple of months. It’s also nice that Mary is and has worked as an actor herself as is her assistant Evie. So, they know how the industry works, what we’re going through etc.

I feel very happy & like I’m heading in a nice direction at the moment. I’m really enjoying the course, am learning lots & meeting likeminded people and I just feel in a good place at the minute. My job at the hospital seems to be going well and I’m also enjoying my venture with my blog. I really enjoy blogging and am excited about that area of things too. So it will be interesting to see what happens with that.

I also feel like I’m heading in a new direction with my Younique business. Things have really started to pick up, I have a new confidence and fresh set of ideas with it and my love for it is growing. I think that luck is on my side at the moment, and I sure as hell can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. I remember back when I was diagnosed with several health conditions and felt stuck. I’m now in better health, achieving my goals and have great opportunities coming my way. Just remember, things get better.

With love and best wishes,

Natalie

 

 

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